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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, July 29, 2005

Join the battle against Erythrina gall wasps

Advertiser Staff

An invasion of Erythrina gall wasps has resulted in deformed leaves and stems of coral trees at Magic Island.
A new, tiny alien pest is invading! We're talking about the Erythrina gall wasp, which is chomping on Magic Island's red-flowered coral trees, called Erythrina variegata, as well as our native wiliwili, E. sandwicensis.

What can you do about it? Advertiser gardening columnist Heidi Bornhorst, a sustainable landscape consultant, recommends:

  • If you find the wasps in your foliage, cut off, bag and throw away the infected areas as well as the pests.

  • Keep trees healthy with well-drained soil; protect trunks and roots.

  • Don't let the wasps spread. Make sure luggage and outgoing mail are pest-free. (The pests were found in April in Manoa, and for now are limited to O'ahu.)


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