Slugs could slow Christmas tree deliveries

HONOLULU (AP) - The delivery of Christmas trees to Hawaii could be slower than usual this holiday season.

That's because some of the trees arriving in container ships from the Pacific Northwest earlier this month were found to be infested with slugs.

Carol Okada, manager of the Department of Agriculture Plan Quarantine Division, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that it is not known why there was such a large infestation of slugs in the shipment. She says officials from Washington and Oregon were shocked to hear about the problem. There has been speculation that wet weather caused the slugs to take refuge in the trees.

Oregon says last year about 230 containers containing about 138,000 trees were shipped to Hawaii. A similar number is expected this year.Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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