January 7, 2010

A person who goes by the name of "Anonymous" posted a question on the Affordable Paradise Blog about the possibility of using sonic critter repellents to get relief from coqui. A few years back, I did some extensive research on using sonic devices on all sorts of small critters, and about 90% of the reviews felt the whole thing was a hoax.
Those who said that they had no more problems after installing a device also noted that the test was inconclusive in that the critters might not have returned without the device.
For the time being, citric acid is about our only dependable weapon, but we are finding that each new generation of frogs is becoming a bit more resistant to the chemical. So now we're having to mix it about 25% stronger, and at the same time, all of the suppliers are busy raising their prices in reflection of the higher need. Not a very aloha response from our business community, but that also seems to be going by the wayside with many businesses here. Even local businesses seem to finding it within their notion of integrity to charge what the traffic will bear.
We have a near-nightly ritual of spraying each new day's crop of frogs as they appear. Sometimes, if the weather is cold or dry, we get a break for a day or three, but they make up for it when it starts raining again and they are everywhere.
And yes, there are lots of people hear who claim to not even hear the frogs, although that is unfathomable to us. We could live with the millions that are ensconced in the forest across the street from us. That noise, now that there are literally millions of them, is such a drone of sound that it kind of goes away. It's the individual frogs, the ones in our yard, that drive us nuts.
They are also getting way harder to kill with each generation. If there's anyone out there who does not believe in "the survival of the fittest," and how this plays out in the evolution of a species, then they should observe these frogs. Two or three years ago we could walk right up to a screeching frog and either grab him or spray him. Now they are so extremely sensitive to our movements that there can be one or two right outside our house, and all we need do is quietly open the door and they stop. They will not start up again until you are well gone. It's really frustrating to keep them under control now.
Oh, and they are also getting bigger.
I don't know how typical we are in our efforts (among the minority who care enough to do anything about their infestations), but we spend about $70 a month on citric acid now, and some five to ten hours a week trying to kill frogs. It's not even a little bit fun, either.
"Anonymous's" solution was to move to Waimea. That would be one way to get away from the noise, but then there are always trade-offs. Waimea gets really cold, and I'm not sure I'd trade noise for cold . . .
Waimea also has the highest prices on the Island for just about everything. Waimea is too far from the ocean for us, and it feels more like Oregon than Hawaii. That's the "wet side" of Waimea; the "dry side" feels like the Nevada desert, prickly-pear cacti and all!
Then again, what Waimea does have going for it is that it is a great community of community-minded people. The ambiance there is way different from any other community on the Island. As I always recommend, if you think you want to live here, spend some time in every community or town that interests you. Each has its own distinctive personality. Some will invite you; others will repel you. It's not at all like moving from one town to another on the mainland. More like moving from Memphis to Boston, or maybe San Francisco to DeMoine.

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Skip Thomsen & Ohana
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