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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June 12-25, 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))
- 30 adults detected (of 2,624 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
- Off Base:
- 13 adults detected (of 335 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
- Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
- Mulch piles at Pearl City Peninsula and in Wai`anae were monitored with no CRB presence observed.
- Palm survey conducted at JBPH-H nearly completed with no minimal new damage observed and high recovery rates so far.
- Palm survey in Ewa Beach underway with some new damage observed.
- 3 new traps and one new barrel trap deployed in Ewa Beach.
- 13 new traps deployed at Pearl City Peninsula.
- Mitigation & Outreach
- 3,234 trap services conducted on 2,943 total traps during this reporting period.
- 95 members of the public interacted with during this reporting period.
- 20 businesses were interacted with during this reporting period.
- 34 public reports responded to during this reporting period.
- Participated in bi-weekly military updates at JBPH-H, weekly CRB inter-agency meetings and at quarterly CGAPs meeting.
- Conducted presentation at the Pearl City Urban Garden for 30 attendees.
- A CRB research center has been prepared at UH Manoa. Site inspections and permits are pending 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 September of 2007, an infestation of Orcytes rhinoceros was discovered along the beach of Tumon Bay in Guam.” (T. McNary, pers comm, 2013).