As I mentioned a few years back, I don’t have a lasting problem with cockroaches. It’s rare to see even one cockroach inside my house. The last two weeks were an exception.
I killed two roaches in two weeks. My daughter-in-law killed another. These roaches were huge and I have a pretty good idea where they came from. I can’t be 100 percent sure, but I’m probably correct.
Before one of my nephews and his girlfriend moved in, I hadn’t seen a cockroach inside my house in years. His girlfriend’s parents live in the United States and sometimes send her balikbayan boxes. On at least one occasion, tiny roaches scurried out of a box when it was opened.
The geckos did a good job of getting most of them. Apparently, three of them managed to get away and find a place to hide. And then they grew up.
Around two weeks ago, I was sitting here and doing my thing. I suddenly heard the flutter of insect wings passing my left ear. That sound doesn’t bother me because I’m used to moths getting in after it rains.
A cockroach bigger than I’d ever seen before landed on the wall in front of me. I wasted no time in flattening it with one of my flip-flops. I flushed it down the toilet to be sure I wouldn’t have to deal with it anymore.
Last week, I spotted another one in the master bathroom. I had to wait until I finished my business to flatten that one.
My nephew and his girlfriend moved out about three weeks ago. They must have disturbed the cockroach hiding place in their room. A few days ago, my daughter-in-law was cleaning that room and opened the wardrobe cabinet. She killed the third one.
We haven’t seen a cockroach since then, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any left. I just have to make sure every cockroach we see ends up as a dead cockroach.
I have pesticides in the house. One of my in-laws sprays “Baygon” around the doors when she cleans to keep the ants out. That’s the real problem we have. It only takes one breadcrumb to entice an entire army of ants to march in and collect it.
I don’t like putting boric acid or any other chemical down. There are too many small nieces and nephews who could get it on them or worse. Perhaps I’ll start doing it after the children get big enough to know better.
I live in the tropics. I expect to be harassed by insects of all kinds. Very few of them bother me unless they land on me. Which insect is pervasive depends on what part of the year we’re in.
The cockroach is the one insect I detest. It doesn’t matter how small or how large it is. In my opinion (but probably not only my opinion), the only good cockroach is a dead cockroach.
By: RT Cunningham
July 30, 2016
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