Landscape pests in Hawaii topic of free presentation Tuesday

Arnold Hara will give a free presentation titled “Old, New and Expected Landscape Pests in Hawaii” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Services Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

This session will bring attendees up-to-date on chronic landscape pests such as whiteflies, lacebugs and scale, according to an announcement. Hara will also talk about the newest arrivals to Hawaii, such as the little fire ant, phantasma scale and the yellow butterfly. The evening discussion will conclude with possible arrivals, such as the coconut rhinoceros beetle, ice plant scale and other small critters that could arrive on plant shipments to Maui.

The presentation is open to the public and is being presented by the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals.

Hara is an entomologist and extension specialist in the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences at UH-CTAHR, Komohana Research and Extension Center in Hilo.

Some of his research accomplishments include the development of heat treatments to control quarantine pests, including the invasive coqui frog and plant-parasitic nematodes.

For more information, call 268-6927.