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April 17, 2014

Think About It: Critter Crunch

An alleged increase in the number of bedbugs at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, fire ants gaining ground in Waimanalo, ducks pooping in and closing down a rec center pool in Kailua, coqui frog sightings or hearings on Oahu, a proliferation of pigs wreaking havoc in public parks and botanical gardens, an increase in the number of wild dogs and chickens… it sounds like something Biblical proportions. Where's Noah when we need him?

But the amount of damage, inconvenience, and disease that is being caused and could be caused by all of these non-humans should be enough to cause officials to make sure that the budgetary means are there to make sure we keep pests under control, if not eliminated where possible. Years ago steps were put in place to help ensure that brown tree snakes from Guam did not slither into Hawaii. While airport inspector numbers are down, so are the annual sightings of these bird-eating reptiles. So maybe we're just lucky on that one.

Prolific pop music performer Neil Young once sang that "rust never sleeps", and like rust, the possibility of proliferation is what should keep everyone on their toes here as it relates to entities we simply don't need more of- like frogs, ants, wild chickens, invasive ducks, tiny bugs, and any other creatures that dare to threaten our island domain. The critters may not be taking over, but we do need to keep vigilant watch to prevent bigger problems and situations from getting out of hand, even if it costs more money now to prevent more animal angst. Think about it…

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