Through the Hana Chapter of the Hawaii Farmers Union United, we’re working in partnership with the state Department of Ag and CTAHR on Maui to assist farmers with vector control for rat lungworm.

We are doing a series of farm visits in different areas, starting on Tuesday, August 22 at farms in the Kaeleku and Ulaino Road area. We’re providing vector control supplies including different types of rat traps, slug bait, salt, gloves, tongs, bottles, etc. And we’re working with farmers with a vector control checklist, to identify habitats, share best practices, try out different methods, and learn together how to control rats and slugs to keep our local food safe.

Our priority initially is to work with produce growers, but we also want to support home gardeners and anyone else who wants to control rats and slugs on their property.

If you’re interested in having a farm visit from our support team, and receive vector control supplies, please contact our coordinators.


UPDATE 8/23: Mahalo to John Frostad from Dept of Ag and Lynn Nakamura-Tengan from CTAHR for coming to Hana on August 22 for a series of 7 farm visits to assist growers in controlling slugs and rats. Mahalo to the farmers for sharing their knowledge and experience managing these pests in our unique environment.

Here Mikala Minn, president of our farmers union chapter and RLW response field coordinator, holds the slug jar, while Cole from Hana Farms inspects an ‘ape, the leaves of which make ideal habitat for the semi-slug.

We’ll be setting up more farm visits in the next few weeks, and giving vector control supplies, so let us know if you’re interested…

UPDATE 9/9: Our next farm visits are being scheduled for Sept. 14-15. We’ll be visiting Nahiku area on Thursday, and Kaeleku/Wakiu area on Friday. Let us know if you would like a visit!

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