Springtails are tiny wingless pests that live in the soil and jump when disturbed. These pests are generally harmless to humans, pets and structures but can occasionally damage plants and roots as well as enter nearby homes uninvited. You would likely find them in areas that are damp or have the presence of mold or mildew.
Earwigs are recognized by their long narrow bodies and tiny forceps on the rear of the body. Contrary to popular belief, earwigs are not known for entering ear canals and pose no real danger to humans. The pinchers on their bodies are used for defense against other pests.
Silverfish are not a common pest issue. These creatures have several predators that pose threat to them including spiders, centipedes, as well as earwigs. Their speed is the defense used against predators. Earwigs prefer to hide during the day in tight crevices and prefer to feed on paper products, cardboard, cotton, linen and other textiles. They also are not opposed to feeding on other proteins including other dead and injured individuals.
Maggots are the larval stage of flies. They tend to hatch in areas where food will be plentiful such as dead animals, trash, spoiled or rotting food, and decaying matter. Depending on the breed of fly, they can stay in the larval and pulpal stages for 14-36 days before becoming flies. Typically pest control is not needed for this pest. With the removal of the source and thorough cleaning of the area will resolve the issue.
Mosquitoes are prevalent all over the world, Hawaii is no different. Since this is a flying pest, there is no way to keep mosquitoes from entering your property with pest control. However, treatment options are available to help mitigate the reproduction happening on your property.
Pantry pests can come as a real surprise being a foodborne pest. These can be found in flours, grains, pet food, pasta, cereal, and other grain like products and dried foods.
Unfortunately pesticides are not recommended for this type of pest since they are found in edible products. Freezing will kill most foodborne pests. It is recommended that these items be frozen for approximately 4-5 days at 0° F. However, since most freezers at home do not reach these temperatures. It may require a longer time frame of around 12-15 days.
Prevent these pests by always inspecting packages when they are purchased. Be sure foods are tightly sealed and inside glass or plastic containers. Soft paper bags, for items such as flour, or cardboard for cereal can be bore through to gain access to the grain. Unless they are sealed, glass jars with screw on lids, are also susceptible to pantry pest infestation. They are small enough to crawl through the threads of the jar into the food. It is always best to discard any food you find this pest in and inspect other dried foods for possible contamination.