As Guam transitions into the rainy season, we are usually preparing the surroundings of our homes for potential flooding. During these times of COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place, it has been a time for many to catch up on home improvement projects. The Kontra I Kulepbla program gives a friendly reminder to the residents of Guam to snake-proof their homes as well.
Here are some tips for snake-proofing your home:
Keep doors and screens closed at night.
Check window screens for any holes and gaps.
Use 1/4″ (inch) mesh wire to cover and opening into the home – such as dryer and toilet vents.
Store garbage and food in closed containers to reduce exposure for food sources for brown tree snakes.
Keep your yard clear to reduce hiding spaces for snakes and their prey.
Native to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Northern Australia, the brown treesnake (Boiga irregularis) is an invasive species on the island of Guam, an unincorporated territory of the United States of America in the Western Pacific Ocean. Ten out of twelve forest birds species have disappeared on Guam since its arrival
Today, the Guam Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources, through the Kontra I Kulepbla (Challenge the Snake) campaign raises awareness and strives to garner community support of snake suppression efforts on Guam to give Guam’s native wildlife a chance of thriving.
In honor of Mes CHamoru (Chamoru Month), let us also remember i natibu na paluman Guåhan siha (native birds of Guam) for they were, are, and will always be an important part of CHamoru culture. Biba Mes CHamoru! Guam DAWR’s Kontra I Kulpbla Program x Mighty Island
What was once lost, can be restored.
Support Snake Suppression.
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