Early detection is an important part of invasive species prevention and management. Management and mitigation costs rapidly increase when invasive species spread beyond containment. After they establish and begin to spread, you then see (and feel) the impacts of those invasive species such as: erosion, flooding, drought, wildfire, healthcare costs, revenue reductions, loss of habitat, disease, and water quality reduction.
OISC’s pest technician conducts regular early detection surveys for the following invasive species, but that’s just one person. We need your help to look for these invasive species. You can help us by looking for and reporting these suspects. When we find invasive species early, the chances of stopping them is greatly increased.
- Little Fire Ant: Collect and submit your ants for identification.
- Rapid ’Ōhi‘a Death (ROD): Report dead or dying ’ōhi‘a trees so OISC can collect samples for testing.
- Naio Thrips: Report locations of naio plants on O‘ahu. You can also help monitor naio plants by ADOPT-A-NAIO.
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