State officials say two more coqui frogs were found recently on Oahu. One coqui frog was turned in by a grounds crew at a Waikiki hotel on Apr. 12 and the other was captured by staff of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture at a Kalihi Valley home the following week.
In both instances, officials say HDOA was reluctantly contacted and that has raised concerns for the department.
“Our crews have developed successful strategies in capturing coqui frogs and have been able to eradicate them on Oahu,” said Neil Reimer, acting administrator of the Plant Industry Division. “People should not try to capture the frogs themselves because they may cause the frogs to scatter and widen the infestation area or make the coqui skiddish and more difficult to capture.”
HDOA officials say the hotel was concerned about negative publicity, so their crews sought to capture the frogs themselves rather than calling experts. The hotel later decided to report the incident and turn over the frog.
The Kalihi Valley homeowner knew there was a coqui on the property and did not call HDOA until later.
Suspected invasive species should be reported immediately to the state’s toll-free PEST HOTLINE – 643-PEST (7378). Click here to hear how a coqui frog sounds.