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Slugs found in 6 shipping containers of Christmas trees

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:11 a.m. HST, Nov 20, 2013

<br /><br />FL Morris / fmorris@staradvertiser.com<br />A variety of invasive species including banana slugs and wasps have been found in incoming shipments of Christmas trees. Workers loaded trees that received hot-water pest treatment back into containers Friday before they were released to stores for sale to consumers. Below is one of the slugs found.<br />

State agriculture inspectors found slugs in six of 60 shipping containers of Christmas trees arriving over the past weekend in Hawaii and held them.

Last year, 50 percent of containers were infested with slugs and other pests.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture increased its monitoring this year over the harvesting, handling and shipping of Christmas trees to Hawaii, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture said in a news release.

Oregon agriculture inspectors are in Hawaii to watch the inspections.

In October, two Hawaii agriculture inspectors traveled to Oregon to observe harvesting and packing of some of the trees that arrived this weekend.

The state will use hot water to treat the trees contained in shipping containers being held for pests.

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false wrote:
Glad to see our state administrator are saving money on travel expenses.
on November 20,2013 | 02:54PM
Bdpapa wrote:
How the heck did the Gov and his staff get stuck in that container?
on November 20,2013 | 03:09PM
syhud wrote:
Isn't it just amazing how the State agriculture inspectors can stop these illegal pest in containers every year. Yet Federal custom agents cannot stop the majority of illegal FIREWORK? Go figure.
on November 20,2013 | 06:36PM
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