College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at University of Hawaii has published a study on non-chemical slug repellant methods.
Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brainsHawaii’s health department has released fresh warnings about a parasitic worm that can infest human brains after officials confirmed that three more visitors to the state picked up the infection.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed three new cases in unrelated adults visiting Hawaii Island from the US mainland, the health department announced. The latest known victims—who became infected at different times—bring the state’s 2018 case total to 10 and the 2019 total to five.While there were 17 confirmed cases in 2017, the state counted only two cases total in the prior decade. The new case counts indicate a sustained boom in the parasite’s population and spread.Read more...From Ars Technica, May 30, 2019
[caption id="attachment_189" align="alignleft" width="225"] 2 adult semi-slugs on stalk of banana plant and egg cluster / "clutch" beneath them = approx 20 eggs[/caption] Requesting residents of Hana subdivision to report sitings of semi-slug Parmarion to email address: Kapiabotanicals@gmail.com [caption id="attachment_190" align="alignright" width="168"] "Juvenile semi-slug," 2 day old hatchling from clutch -- on Lincoln's neck[/caption]
While east Maui is currently in focus, windward Hawaii Island has been strugling with this since 2004 (first evidence of semislug Parmarian) and 2005 (first cluster of human Angiostrongylis / rat lung worm infections). Ongoing and future goals should include prevention (or best efforts at containment) of Parmarian infestations of Kula and upcountry Maui, and Moloka'i, and Lana'i and Kauai. This is an emerging infectious disease disaster largely precipitated by human relocation of snails from Africa and South America (as food sources and aquarium pets) and redistribution of infected rats thru cargo ships across the Pacific basin and beyond. Best response should coordinate existing East Maui and Hawaii Island resources. There is much strength in our two communities colaborating. We can live safely if we think through our interventions. A…