Photos by S. Chun and A. Hara, UH–CTAHR
A plant nursery constructed
a hot water shower container to disinfest potted plants of frogs
and eggs prior to shipment and sales. Various plant species
were treated at 113-115.6°F to determine their tolerance to
hot water. Treatment caused mortality of adult coqui frogs
and eggs in 10 minutes. This trial demonstrated that hot water
treatment is feasible and effective on a commercial scale. View
photos of the facility, process, and results.
All research on coqui
frogs reported here was conducted in compliance with the University
of Hawai`i Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (Protocols
#02-029-3, 02-043-3, 02-028-3).