Yes, we have Mosquitoes in Hawaii. It’s unknown exactly when Mosquitoes first arrived in the Hawaiian islands, but it is estimated they arrived sometime in the early 1800’s. Although Hawaii does not have West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Malaria, or Dengue Fever, there are several strains of avian pox and avian malaria currently reeking havoc on Hawaii’s endemic bird population.
Hawaii Mosquito Habitat and Diet
Unknown to most people, it is actually only the female mosquito that needs to feed on blood in order to aquire protein for egg production. The male mosquito prefers to feed only on flower nectar. Generally, properties located on leeward sides of the islands have fewer mosquitoes as there is usually less standing water (compared to the much rainier windward sides) for mosquitoes to lay their larvae. Female mosquitoes can lay as many as 100 eggs at a time; The larvae feed on everything from plant material to other mosquitoes.
Hawaii Mosquito Control
Effective Hawaii mosquito control begins with eliminating larval habitat. Here are a few tips in helping you control and avoid a mosquito infestation on your Hawaii property:
- Remove or recycle old cans, tires, buckets, flower pot collectors/basins or any other container that can hold water.
- Regularly clean gutters, check below air condintioning units and along foundations for pooling water and make sure flat roofs (which are common in Hawaii) are draining properly.
- Make sure plastic tarps used to cover boats, pools, or used as sun shields are draining.
For larger mosquito infestations you may need to consider mosquito traps, sprays or other types of mosquito vector controls. Consult your mosquito control specialist to learn more about your mosquito control options.
Read our blog article on 4 Easy Ways To Control Hawaii Mosquitoes