A lot of the feral pigs around Oahu stay in the forest. But sometimes they get hungry and can’t find the food they need in their habitat, so they look to other places for a bite to eat. Unfortunately sometimes this can literally be in our own backyards! Recently a feral pig was caught on cameral in Aina Haina as it attempted to go after the dog in a residence on Alamuku Street. The pig freed itself from the back yard of the home and got away, but it certainly has gotten residents talking about these pests!
In Hawaii, feral pigs are a serious problem. The pigs we see today descended from the Eurasian feral pigs (sus scrofa) that came to our islands in 1778. These pigs are an invasive species, "consuming ground-cover plants, churning the rich ground into foul muck" according to Hawai’i: The Islands of Life by Gavan Daws. These pigs destroy the habitats for native Hawaiian species, spreading alien weeds and creating mosquito breeding grounds from their rooting and wallowing. The damage these pests inflict on our eco-systems is severe and if their numbers are not controlled, they will find their way into our backyards, wreaking havoc on our landscaping, frightening our family members and menacing our pets. Along with the mosquito breeding environments they create, feral pigs are pests that we don’t want to deal with in our own backyards in Hawaii.
In many rural areas of Oahu, feral pigs are becoming a problem. They have no natural predators, so without a management program, they will overrun their habitat and move on to destroy even more of our environment. Over the years, people have come up with many ways to control these pests, but the pros at Sandwich Isle have found the best way to control them is through the use of a feral pig trap and trapping techniques. Trapping allows us to capture entire sounder groups with a single push of a button while on site or while viewing live video feeds or pictures from another location. This method allows for large scale feral pig removal in Honolulu and throughout our service area in the shortest amount of time. Call us today for more information! Allowing feral pigs to overrun your property will cost you a lot in repairs as they damage your landscape and ornamentals. Removing this invasive species is the best way to keep your Oahu home or business protected from these obnoxious pests.