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Coqui frogs on the decline despite two more found on OahuUPDATED 7:11 PM HST Apr 24, 2014Video Transcript
Cause for alarm? Of course.. BUT... KITV4's Cam Tran found out today... despite what might SOUND like more frogs... they're actually on the DECLINE on Oahu. This story's all new tonight at 6. 36 144 Nat sound of frog 26:10 It's the unmistakable sound That's still piercing some ears on Oahu. Just in the last week, inspectors found a coqui frog in the back of Kalihi Valley and another at a hotel in Waikiki. IN: 20:17 UNTIL NOW IT'S BEEN REALLY QUIET REALLLLYY quiet. Even though there's been a rash of recent frog findings numbers shows the frogs on Oahu are down. In 2012 inspectors found 66 coqui frogs on Oahu, In 2013- 30 and This year just 15. KEEVIN MINAMI, HAWAII DEPT OF AG. IN: 20:57 THE CRITICAL CONTROL POINT IS ON THE BIG ISLAND IF WE CAN STOP IT THERE THAN IT WOULDN'T' COME TO OAHU AND IT WON'T SPREAD AS FAST Agriculture inspectors say most of the frogs come from plants brought in from the Big Island. Before they are shipped to Oahu, the plants spray down the foliage in a hot water shower similiar to this one with the Christmas Trees. Inspectors also kill the frogs by spraying citric acid on the plants. MINAMI IN: 24:50 WHAT YOU DO IS SPRAY IT ON AND LEAVE IT ON FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND THEN YOU CAN WASH IT OFF.. 25:04 Despite the decline, inspectors ask people still report any coqui frogs to them ASAP and not try to catch them. MINAMI IN: 18:09 THEY AGITATE THE FROG AND ITS AWARE THAT SOMEONE'S LOOKING FOR IT SO WHEN WE TRY TO CAPTURE IT AND ERADICATE IT THEY WILL RUN AWAY OR THEY'LL STAY SILENT AND ITS HARDER TO LOCATE. 18:23 It also gives the frogs more time to mate and multiply. STANDUP 30:26 ONCE ONE OF THESE MALE COQUI FROGS METS UP WITH A FEMALE THEY CAN PRODUCE RAPIDLY A FEMALE COQUI FROG CAN LAY AN AVERAGE OF 30 EGGS IN ONE SITTING AND SHE CAN ALSO MATE MULTIPLE TIMES IN A YEAR 30:37 So what's a declining problem now can grow exponentially bigger without the proper care . Cam Tran, kITV 4 News. The recent cases were trace back to some cut orchids and plants that came from the Hilo area. If you hear a coqui frog you are asked to call the 643- PEST.