The mynah bird is a native of Southeast Asia. While many find the bird's appearance to be beautiful, it's a troublesome bird that causes problems wherever it goes! It has migrated from its homeland and can now be found all over the world, which is somewhat unfortunate, as the mynah is aggressive and fights with other birds and wildlife. In fact, mynah birds will destroy both the eggs and babies of other birds and fight with small animals including squirrels. The mynah bird can damage gardens, spread diseases to humans and animals, and be a complete nuisance. In addition to harming other animals and causing damage to crops, mynah birds are very noisy creatures.
The state of being "feral" is often confused with the wildlife that are born and raised in the wild and that follow the natural order designed for them, but the term “feral” in Hawaii refers to any animal that does not live with humans that was previously domesticated. Somehow, they left their domesticated life and became stray, living off the land and meeting their needs in the wild. Feral animals can be unusually aggressive and disruptive.
Centipedes have between 15 and 177 sets of legs; they do not have 100 legs as their name would imply. They have flat segmented bodies and a set of legs for each of the segments. Some centipedes can be very long. They are brown to reddish orange with long antennae and claw-like small mouths. Their claw-like mouth allows them to paralyze other insects, spiders, and small vertebrates with venom that is injected with the bite. Once their victim is paralyzed, the centipedes will eat them. They will not usually bite people; but if handled or threatened, they can cause a bit of a pinch when they do so. Their bite is not harmful to people, the venom is not strong enough to affect us.
Of all the pests that we deal with on a regular basis, the termite is by far one of the most damaging to properties all over the Hawaiian Islands. Termites, dubbed the silent destroyer by pest professionals, have an uncanny knack for finding their way into homes and commercial properties where they quite literally begin eating it from the inside out. Termites feed on cellulose which is found in most building materials from the framework to the glue on the back of your wallpaper. It is also found in paper, plastic, and drywall making a good portion of your property fair game to a hungry termite colony.
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