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Inarajan has new method of eradicating rhino beetles

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Rhino beetles are an invasive species that have been wreaking havoc on Guam's coconut trees.

Tom Diego, an Inarajan Municipal Planning Council member, says the council has created an innovative method to eradicate these pests through a rhino beetle trap program. He spoke before island Rotarians today, saying, "We have about 80 traps deployed since November and we've caught over 350 Rhino beetles. We're trying to control the Rhino beetle population in Inarajan."

The contraptions use simple cost effective materials to trap the beetles, with pheromones sourced from UOG to lure them in.

Diego says that if the program continues to prove successful, he hopes that similar programs can be pursued in other villages throughout the island. 

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