IS IT TRUE
THAT CENTIPEDES ALWAYS HANG OUT IN PAIRS?
No. Centipedes are predators. They eat live insects, lizards and sometimes
each other. The presence of one centipede in the house may indicate that
environmental conditions on the outside of the building could favor more of
the same. Successful control usually requires exterior treatment.
IS THE LARGEST CENTIPEDE YOU HAVE FOUND?
We possess, unofficially, the
largest Brown Centipede in the State of Hawaii. It's 7 and 3/16
inches from the tip of its head to the last body segment. If you
find a bigger one, drymount it or freeze your sample. We'll pay $100
for a larger specimen. No stretching allowed! All entries become
property of Mokihana Pest Control.
I SEE DROPPINGS AND WONDER, ARE THEY FROM A GECKO OR A MOUSE ?
Typically for most birds and reptiles, Gecko droppings are characterized by
a white sediment attached to the dropping tip. Mice droppings do not have
that characteristic. ok
IS THERE A WAY TO GET RID OF THESE GECKOS?
Exclusion by way of caulking will help with this problem. The backs of
cabinets should be caulked as well as along exterior walls where eaves meet
the wall, especially with open beam ceilings. Any opening or gap in walls
or ceiling should be caulked to exclude gecko harborage.
IF WE SEE ONE MOUSE, DOES THAT MEAN THERE IS AN ENTIRE FAMILY?
No, however mice are prolific breeders so the indication of one mouse
usually means that the environmental conditions are capable of supporting
Hint: After catching one mouse, keep your traps out to continue monitoring
the situation. Donít assume there is just one mouse after catching it.
I HAVE DROPPINGS THAT I THINK ARE TERMITES. IS THERE A WAY TO TELL?
There are 2 types of termites. Normally droppings are more indicative of
the drywood termite. Their fecal pellets are unique in that they are very
sand like in consistency but even more uniform in size and shape than sand.
They are so hard and dry that they cannot be crushed when placed in the palm
of your hand and vigorously rubbed with your other thumb. The color will
vary from light to dark earth tones depending on the wood they have eaten.
WE ARE BEING BITTEN BY SOMETHING WE CANNOT SEE. COULD IT BE SAND FLEAS?
No. Most incidences of insect bites are caused by organisms that are
visible to the naked eye. Fleas require a host such as a dog, cat or rat.
As such the most common flea that bites people is the cat flea. They do not
spontaneously appear in sand without some connection to a host animal.
For more information about the cat flea, visit:
IS THERE SOMETHING I CAN DO TO CONTROL FLEAS ON MY OWN?
For information on non chemical management of fleas, visit this site.
or go to our cool links page
I HAVE ANTS. DOES THAT MEAN I WONíT HAVE TERMITES?
No. Although ants are predatory on termites, under normal conditions they
do not share the same environment . Infestations could occur simultaneously
with both insects never meeting.
I HAVE FLYING TERMITES. DOES THAT MEAN I MUST TENT FUMIGATE MY HOUSE?
No. All species of termites have winged (flying) reproductives. Fumigation
is only for drywood termites. Since subterranean termites also fly, it is
critical to identify the particular termite so the proper treatment can be
done. Collect and save the samples for a professional to ID.