Category Archive: News

Jun 16

Pest of the Month – June – PSB & Fusarium Dieback beetle/disease complex

Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer – Euwallacea – and Fusarium Dieback (Fusarium sp.) beetle/ disease complex Hosts: Most likely hosts in Hawaii are avocado and coral tree but it has attacked a wide range of trees in Southern California. Distribution: A new beetle species invading California (with potential for spread to Hawaii.) This beetle is being …

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May 18

May 2015 – Pest of the Month

Monkeypod Round-Headed Longhorn Beetle – Xystrocera globosa Hosts: Wide range of species of wild and cultivated leguminous trees, (Mimosaceae, Papilonaceae), belonging to genera such as Acacia, Acrocarpus, Adenanthera, Adina, Albizzia, Bauhinia, Cassia, Duabanga, Haematoxylon, Parkia, Xylia, Paraserianthes, Samanea, and several Malvaceae (Grewia, Salmalia) and Rosaceae (Prunus). Distribution: Originates from Southeast Asia, and is widely distributed.  …

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Apr 07

Hawaii’s Jamilee Kempton sets new World Record at 2015 ITCC!

Jamilee Kempton won the Women’s Division at the 2015 International Tree Climbing Championship in March. The Aloha Arborist Association is very proud of Jamilee for winning the International title and setting a new World Record in the Women’s 15m Secured Footlock with a time of 20.16.67 seconds! ISA Results Page Local News Story!

Apr 07

Pest of the Month: Rapid Ohia Death

“Rapid Ohia Death” is a fungal pathogen called Ceratocystis. Altough newly discovered infecting Ohia, it has previously been found on other plants here including Okinawan sweet potato and taro as described in this recent article in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Jun 28

How to detect the Little Fire Ant

Check out this video produced by DLNR about how to detect the Little Fire Ant. Click here to see video

Feb 25

Identify the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Larvae

Feb 25

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Best Management Practices

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) BMPs or Recommendations for Landscapers and Arborists By Rob Hauff  Remove standing dead coconut palms to prevent infestation. Decaying coconut wood is the preferred breeding habitat for CRB. Wood should be chipped and composted away from infested areas, preferably in few centralized piles, rather than multiple widely dispersed piles. Palms should …

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Feb 18

February 2014 Pest of the Month

Hawaii Early Detection Network Priority Pest for Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, and Big Island. Have you seen Hala Scale (Thysanococcus pandani)? Identification: Presently only on the island of Maui. The hala scale insect (Thysanococcus pandani) causes yellowing of and serious damage to the leaves of Hala (Pandanus tectorius). Adult and immature scale insects are seen on …

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Jan 13

January 2014 Pest of the Month

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

Pest of the Month Update – Little Fire Ant (LFA), Wasmannia auropunctata.  The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the LFA has spread from Big Island to Maui and Oahu. http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/agriculture-officials-confirm-spread-of-fire-ant-to-oahu-maui/-/8905354/23720066/-/15huymlz/-/index.html http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/blog/main/lfaonhapuu/ Hosts: LFA are found both on the ground and in vegetation. They climb onto plants of all sizes, including trees, but they …

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Oct 24

November 2013 Pest of the Month

Biological Control Release of Tectococcus ovatus, a Gall-forming Scale Insect to Aid in the Control of Strawberry Guava (Psidium cattleianum) in Hawaii.  Strawberry guava was introduced to yards and gardens of Hawai‘i in 1825. Since then, it has spread into moist and wet forests statewide. Strawberry guava is killing and replacing native forests by forming dense, …

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