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September 10, 2012

Think About It: Coqui Monster

The coqui frog situation is more than just a noisy nuisance in Hawaii. The little critters are apparently loved by people in Puerto Rico, but locals and visitors here are mostly just wishing they would go away due to their constant "koh-kee" chirping, all night long. 

And without any real enemies to thin their ranks and due to the fact that they eat bugs that are important to the local ecosystem, these honking hoppers could become a large and loud nuisance on Oahu, much like they are in areas around the Big Island. The nagging noise has affected sleeping patterns, real estate values, and business. A skin fungus has caused for some populations declines of the coqui elsewhere, but short of that occurring here, it takes a lot of work, time, and effort through eradication techniques which include hand capture and/or spraying with a 12% solution of citric acid. And who wants to go around throwing orange juice all over the place.

But you can help… really. On Wednesday night this week between 7:30 and 8pm, listen for the distinctive coqui call of lust outside your doors. If you hear this mating call, then report it at 643-7378 or use the Honolulu 311 smartphone application, which you can download now at the website. You can help control this coqui monster before it becomes too widespread by simply listening and then acting on Wednesday night. 643-7378. The coqui may have its place on this planet, but most people locally agree that it shouldn't be here. Think about it…

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