Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), an invasive pest, was detected Dec. 23, 2013 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH) on coconut trees. A joint effort between USDA, UH at Manoa, U.S. Navy, HDOA and other partners has mobilized and an Incident Command System (ICS) has been established to respond to this pest emergency.
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October 30 – November 12, 2016
This report uses the best information available at the time of writing and is not an official record of the project. Its purpose is to update partner agencies and concerned individuals about project progress. Questions regarding information in the report can be addressed by calling the project command post at (808) 832-0585. Mahalo.
- On Base (All DOD property on Oahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH))
- 24 adults detected (of 2,914 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
- Off Base:
- 11 adults detected (of 394 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
- Surveillance & Trapping
- Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
- 3,228 trap services conducted on 3,040 total traps during this reporting period.
- New panel traps installed in Pearl City (5).
- Mulch/breeding site surveys/resurveys at Pearl City Peninsula & North Shore – negative for CRB.
- Palm trimming/removal inspections conducted at Mamala Bay Golf Course – negative for CRB.
- Palm damage survey/resurvey conducted at Iroquois Point (61 new damaged palms), Ewa Beach residential survey underway.
- Mitigation & Outreach
- 45 members of the public interacted with in the field during this reporting period.
- 19 public reports responded to during this reporting period.
- 3 businesses were interacted with in the field during this reporting period.
- Presentations made at Ewa Beach Rd. (5 residents), Waikele GC (5 employees, Superintendent, Owner), Pearl City Peninsula (8 residents, 4 properties surveyed), Leeward Discovery Fair (400+ attendees).
- Participated in bi-weekly military updates at JBPH-H and bi-weekly CRB inter-agency meetings.
- Research is still underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
- Beetle Fact
- Easily Confused Pests: Oryctes rhinoceros are similar to other larval species in the scarabeid family, including Oryctes centaurus, Oryctoderus sp., Scapanes australis, Trichogomphus fairmairei, and Xylotrupes gideon.