Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), an invasive pest, was detected Dec. 23, 2013 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam 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.
Contact Randy Bartlett, CRB Response Liaison Officer, with any questions related to this update, by emailing Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov, or by calling 808-832-0585
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October 27 - November 7, 2014 Update
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 832-0585. Mahalo.
- During this reporting period; 105 new survey panel traps were installed & 2,286 trap services were conducted. 134 barrel trap services and 2 visual mulch surveys were also conducted.
- 70 adult CRB were detected along with 68 CRB larvae.
- 90 tons of green waste & mulch were destroyed in the Air Curtain Burner (ACB) unit at Māmala Bay Golf Course at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH).
- Incoming pest reporting calls recorded 42 pests other than CRB and no (0) reported CRB were actually verified.
- Military liaison, Rebecca Smith, presented a CRB informational class to the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB) at the Quarantine Committee meeting. Approximately 200 people attended the meeting. Rebecca also presented a CRB outreach for the NAVFAC Hawaii Natural Resources Staff. Approximately 400 people attended. She also presented a CRB Eradication Brief for the DoD Pesticide Applicator Re-certification course. Approximately 20 people attended the class.
- 10/30/14 – IC Rob Curtiss was interviewed by Brent Remadna of KHON 2 News about the differences between Oriental Flower Beetle and CRB.
- 11/2/14 – IC Rob Curtiss attended the Hawaii Island Landscape Association's annual Landscape Management Conference to give a Continuing Education Credit talk. Approximately 60 Big Island landscapers and tree trimmers were in attendance, and several of them expressed a desire to assist us in monitoring for signs of CRB damage. In addition, Big Island Invasive Species Committee Staff were present, and have requested traps to assist in trapping around high risk nurseries on the Big Island.
- Beetle Fact: CRB targets coconut & oil palms, and also all other palm species and secondarily; may target banana, breadfruit, hala/pandanus, kalo/taro, mango, pineapple, sugar cane, & even ironwood.