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The Maui Mongoose Invasion

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Mongooses are not native to Hawaii. They were brought to the islands in 1883 in hopes they would control the rat population. They do eat rats, but because rats are nocturnal and mongooses hunt for food during the day, they simply don’t eat enough rats to help control the population. Now, Maui experiences problems caused by mongooses from almost causing extinction of the Nene Hawaiian Goose to eating ground-nesting birds and their eggs, to carrying diseases that can be fatal to humans. If you have mongoose on your property, you should never attempt to remove them on your own. Call on the expert pest control specialists at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions to ensure the mongoose are removed safely.

Hawaiian plants and animals are a huge part of the Hawaiian culture. Almost all spiritual activities on the islands rely on the existence of the native plants and animals. Mongooses are impacting the survival of many native species and are becoming a huge problem for Hawaii.

Mongooses carry leptospirosis, a disease that can transfer to streams, ponds, and into human water supplies. The risk of disease is so high that people are often cautioned against swimming in Hawaii ponds and streams. Mongooses are also carriers of rabies and murine typhus. In addition to mongooses eating farmed eggs; they are also an issue to chickens and ducks. The numbers of mongoose in a given area are directly related to the size of the problem they’re causing on the islands. For example, mongooses produce about 36 babies in their lifetime (they live around 4 years). It is estimated that by the 1910’s there would be about eight generations of mongooses produced – about 3 billion mongooses – in Maui.

In addition to mongooses eating farmed eggs; they are also an issue to chickens and ducks. The numbers of mongoose in a given area are directly related to the size of the problem they’re causing on the islands. For example, mongooses produce about 36 babies in their lifetime (they live around 4 years). It is estimated that by the 1910’s there would be about eight generations of mongooses produced – about 3 billion mongooses – in Maui. Unfortunately, because mongooses were brought to the islands, Hawaii doesn’t have any natural predators to help control the population. Mongoose control is solely the responsibility of

Unfortunately, because mongooses were brought to the islands, Hawaii doesn’t have any natural predators to help control the population. Mongoose control is solely the responsibility of humans, and is generally done by trapping. It is not recommended for people to try and get rid of mongooses themselves, but rather they should seek assistance from professional pest control technicians such as those at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions. We’ll rid your property of mongooses and help you prevent future mongooses from threatening your plants, chickens, or ducks with our wildlife control solutions.

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