The mongoose is an invasive species in Hawaii, and if it gets into your home or business, you are looking at a hefty repair and cleanup bill. Residents are prohibited from keeping, breeding, and bringing the mammal to the state. If you spot one, you must call the authorities right away, but if you spot it in your home, the damage is already done. Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions can help you avoid devastating mongoose damage to your home.
Understanding the Mongoose
The mongoose is a mammal that looks similar to a weasel. It measures more than 2 feet in length, and it has a healthy set of teeth. Mongooses are typically found in areas where residents feed birds or have fruit and other plants. Mongooses also feed on reptiles, bugs, and sea turtle eggs, so the potential for encountering one of these pests is high for any home in our area.
Mongooses aren’t picky about where they live; they can be found in dry areas, home gardens, near ponds, in marshes, and in grasslands. Your dwelling is not safe. You will likely spot mongoose during the day because they are diurnal animals. At night, they nest and sleep in dens. if you are seeing them chances are the den is somewhere on your property.
These animals reproduce rapidly, which is why they have become such a problem in Hawaii since being introduced to the island in the 1800s. A mongoose can have multiple births per year, with 1-2 pups per birth. Just 4 short months after birth, a male mongoose can start fathering pups of his own. In total, a mongoose can live between 8 and 12 years.
Mongoose Damage in Hawaii
Mongooses cause damage to homes as well as the health of our residents.
Damage to your Health
It is estimated that mongooses carry more than 40 harmful diseases, including typhus, rabies, and leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is often mistaken for malaria. Symptoms of leptospirosis can mimic those of other diseases, and if left untreated, can result in spinal cord damage, breathing troubles, liver failure, and death.
Damage to your Home
Mongooses can cause damage in and around your home. It is estimated that Mongooses cause more than $50 million in damage per year. Mongooses have been known to:
Damage gardens and native foliage
Make dens in homes and garages
Ransack homes and other spaces
Tear and chew wiring
How to Avoid Mongoose
The best way to avoid mongooses is to deter and prevent it from entering your home and property. There are a number of ways you can do this:
Do not feed mongooses or keep them as pets
Secure your garden area
Secure chickens and foul in a fenced-in coop
Do not release mongooses into the wild
Call the authorities when you spot a mongoose
Call rodent professionals to protect your home
Mongooses have shown to be resilient and hard to get rid of once they target your home and property. Fortunately, the professionals at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions are trained to understand mongooses behavior and to establish plans to deter them before they become a problem. The professionals here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions are also equipped with the know-how to address the damage done by and to remove mongooses from your home.