Two more coqui frogs were found this month in separate spots of Oahu.
A grounds crew at a Waikiki hotel spotted a coqui frog on April 12 in a newly planted landscaping. The staff contacted agricultural inspectors who were dispatched to pick up the frog. Inspectors will be following up with the nursery responsible for landscaping at the hotel.
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture captured a second coqui frog on April 17 at a Kalihi Valley home. The homeowner's neighbor had reported the frog to HDOA. The owner of the home in which the coqui was captured had heard it calling for months but did not contact HDOA.
HDOA said it was concerned because in both incidents, there was a reluctance to contact the department at initial detection of the coqui mating call. In the case of the capture at the hotel, inspectors said the hotel was concerned about negative publicity, so crews sought to capture the frogs themselves rather than call experts.
"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."
Three coqui frogs were also captured earlier this month in Kahaluu, Kaimuki and Kunia.
Suspected invasive species should be reported immediately to the state's toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378).
To hear what a coqui frog sounds like, click HERE.