County’s ‘Bug Busters’ on the job to keep the community safe

  • Courtesy of HAWAII COUNTY A member of Hawaii County’s Cleaning and Disinfecting Task Force, also known as the “Bug Busters,” disinfects a bench at Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal in downtown Hilo.

Hawaii County’s Cleaning and Disinfecting Task Force, also known as the “Bug Busters,” has been on a mission to keep the coronavirus virus at bay.

Teams of Bug Busters have been hard at work at county facilities — focused on sanitizing high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces seven days a week — since early March. These teams, comprised of specially-trained employees, also sanitize public facilities such as shelters, post offices and county water spigots.


Additionally, the Bug Busters have taken on special assignments to sanitize facilities where known positive cases were identified, such as at schools, medical facilities and private businesses.

“The Bug Busters are one part of our commitment to keeping our community safe from COVID-19,” said Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno. “These county workers get up early every morning to get the job done.”


The teams are highly visible, traveling in county vehicles and wearing bright-yellow “Bug Busters” shirts, as they apply disinfecting products via sprayers, specialized fogging devices and other methods.

For a map displaying the Bug Busters spraying locations, visit

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