Posts with the tag: "Invasive Pest"
Once upon a time there were rats in Hawaii, and someone made the suggestion, "Let's get a whole bunch of mongooses to kill off all those rats." And yes, mongooses are the proper plural of mongoose. Not ‘mongeese’. Anyway, some sugar cane farmers on the Big Island bought about 72 mongooses from a group of Jamaicans and released them into the wild to hunt down those rats to keep them from getting into the sugar cane. But, though the mongooses did manage to kill a few rats, it was not nearly enough to stop the rat problem. In their grand plan, the farmers had missed one important detail: Rats are mostly nocturnal creatures, and mongooses hunt during the day. This left these newly-introduced creatures to find other ways to get their bellies filled.
Michael Botha, Associate Certified Entomologist and President of Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions spoke with Steve Uyehara of Hawaii News Now, about the many invasive species that are becoming more and more of a threat throughout the Islands. There is a ton of information in this short clip, but here are some of the highlights to help you protect yourself from these pests.
Have you ever had to declare anything? If you've traveled from the U.S. to another country, you have had to deal with this protective procedure upon returning. The concept of declaration is simple: You must tell the customs officer about anything you're carrying back that you did not have when you left the United States. Often, this declaration of goods is used to extract an import tax for items being brought back into the country. But a declaration also helps government agencies protect the U.S. from invasive species. This is especially important here in Hawaii, where the ecology of the Pacific Islands is contained.