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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April 3 - 16, 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))
- 38 adults detected (of 2,459 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
- Off Base:
- 16 adults detected (of 265 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
- Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
- 1 mulch pile netted at Pearl City Peninsula.
- Sod sample collected at Mamala Bay Golf Course.
- Focused survey at Iroquois Point housing with negative results.
- 10 dead palms inspected in Nanakuli – no CRB damage observed.
- Palm damage surveys conducted at Ke`ehi Lagoon, Honolulu Country Club, Moanalua Golf Course, Kuniyoshi Nursery and West Loch with no damage observed.
- Palm trimming monitoring at Mamala Bay and Iroquois Point resulted in one partially-consumed beetle, but no CRB damage observed.
- Mitigation & Outreach
- 3,219 trap services were conducted on the 2,904 traps installed on Oahu.
- 27 new traps deployed in Ewa, Pu`uloa, Ma`ili/Lualualei and at Kewalo Basin.
- Air Curtain Burners (ACBs) from Mamala Bay Golf Course have been moved to the Fire Burn Trainer on JBPHH and were operational as of 4/4/2016.
- 23 public reports serviced.
- Established contact with the Resident Manager of the Kapalina Housing community.
- Outreach efforts conducted in the Nanakuli community.
- Information presented to Barber’s Point Golf Course staff (15), Entomological Society of America (ESA), Florida Dept. of Food and Agriculture (1), USDA-ARS (1), USDA-CPHST (1) and University of Guam (1) staff.
- A CRB research center is being prepared at UH Manoa. Site inspections and permits must be obtained before it can be used.
- Research is still underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
- Beetle Fact
- In lab conditions, CRB larvae preferred temperatures around 27 to 29 degrees C (81 to 84 degrees F) and had a strong negative phototaxis response, possibly an adaptation against desiccation and predation (Bedford, 1980).