Centipedes in Hawaii are no joke. They can grow to be up to 12 inches long, and one inch in width. Be careful, because these little menaces attack, they tend to travel in pairs, and if you want to kill one, you’ll need some good scissors, because just stomping on them will not work. Oh, and make sure to kill the centipede outside – the scent a dying centipede gives off attracts more centipedes to the area.
2) Cockroaches…the size of your palm.
There are nineteen varieties of cockroaches in Hawaii – but luckily only three are commonly found in your house, or around humans. Let me tell you a story, an awful story of a monster cockroach found in my house a few months ago...My husband walked into the bathroom, screamed and I jumped to his rescue. What I found was a cockroach at least four inches long, crawling on our shower curtain. I ran for our super intense bug killing spray, and sprayed the sucker for about five minutes before he finally died, in the tub. The roach was so huge that I had to use a stick to shove him down the drain.
3) Cane Spiders
Cane spiders are perhaps the most common spiders found in Hawaii, and though they are large (approximately 3 to 4 inches long), they are rather harmless. Cane spiders do not makw a web, so the egg case must be carried by the mother in her mouth for up to a month, during which she does not eat.
4) The Black Widow & Other Spiders
Cane spiders aren’t the only species found in paradise – from the banded garden spider and the shamrock spider to the Carolina wolf spider, running crab spider, and the black widow; Hawaii has no shortage of spiders.
5) Great Golden Digger Wasp
Though alarming in color, these wasps are generally considered non-aggressive. I am still pretty sure that if I came across one of these insects, I would freak.
6) Assassin Bug
The assassin bug uses its strong beak to repeatedly – and violently – stab its prey to death, hence the name. The insect can also inflict painful bites to careless humans.
7) Golden Tortoise Beetle
Thanks to microscopic cavities in its cuticle that house pigmentation, this bug is not only gold, but can actually change its coloring. And while it appears to be rather creepy, it is harmless to humans, since it primarily feeds on garden vines.
Though the males look intimidating, it is the females you need to look out for. The males have longer tentacle-like appendages for their mouth, but are considered harmless to humans, as they cannot bite. The females, however, can deliver a nasty bite if agitated.
9) Common Thread Waisted Wasp
An ambush attacker, this wasp immobilizes its prey with one swift sting, then drag the prey to an underground lair with its powerful jaws. The prey is stored for consumption by the wasp’s larvae. This species of wasp is not known to be aggressive towards humans, but a defensive sting can be painful.
10) The Eastern Velvet Ant, aka, “Cow Killer”
This insect is actually a wasp, not an ant, and the intense coloring serves as a warning sign to humans and other animals. A sting from a female has been rumored to kill cattle, and it will definitely hurt a human. They are parasitic to bumble bees, laying eggs in a beehive, with the ant’s larvae eating the bee larvae.
Am I the only one who feels as though I have bugs crawling on my skin now? Yikes!