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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November 10-21, 2014 Update
Beetle Fact: In their native range, CRB play a vital role in the ecosystem by consuming debris from plants and have natural enemies that keep their populations in check.
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; 30 adult CRB and no (0) CRB larvae were detected.
- 105 new survey panel traps were deployed and 2,428 panel trap services were conducted.
- 131 barrel trap services were conducted.
- Pesticide testing is ongoing; although to-date, no pesticides have been shown to be sufficiently effective.
- The Scientific Advisory Panel has begun a review of the CRB program to determine areas which may benefit from improvement.
- The CRB Project operations chief & liaison officer spent a day on Guam with the University of Guam’s College of Natural & Applied Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service’s Extension Biosecurity staff, Roland Quitugua, to learn from their experiences with CRB.