Insect and Mite Pests of Commercial Herbs Grown in Hawaii


Herbs Surveyed



According to the Herb and Spice Industry Analysis conducted in 1989, the industry bottleneck of highest priority was insect and mite problems as they relate to Federal Quarantine Rules. The presence of insect and mites in herb shipments resulted in a large number of export shipment rejections. Growers also experienced production difficulties due to problems with insect and disease damage in addition to difficulties in complying with quarantine rules. Lack of knowledge of pests and their identification was a major impediment. One of the needed actions was to initiate a program to survey and identify insect pests on various local herb crops and provide the information to industry.

This survey of insect and mite pests associated with herbs grown in Hawaii was conducted through a project titled “Survey of Arthropod Pests of Commercial Herbs Grown In Hawaii.” The purpose of this site is to assist herb growers, shippers, quarantine personnel, and other industry stakeholders in identifying and developing quarantine and pest management programs for the various insect and mites commonly associated with herb crops in Hawaii. This project was funded by the State of Hawaii, Governor's Agriculture Coordinating Committee (DOA/GACC Contract Number 91-25).

This site provides the following information.

Herbs Surveyed

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) La Lot (Piper lolot) Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Ngo Gai (Eryngium foetidum L.) Oregano (Origanum spp.) Pandanus amaryllifolius Roxb.
Rau Om (Limnophila aromatica) Rau Ram (Polygonum odoratum) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Sage (Salvia officinalis) Spearmint (Mentha spicata) Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

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