Question for you cockroach experts: WHY did a cockroach that I smashed have BRIGHT green and totally stinky guts that splattered everywhere? All other killings involved normal guts.
I have suspicions! He's up to something, I can feel it....
My dad became a licensed exterminator for the sole purpose of being able to use commercial grade pesticides (they owned a hotel) for our war on these vile creatures. One thing you have to do is rotate the poison about every other month. They will build up immunity to them over time otherwise.
Give me spiders, snakes, or even man-eating bears over nasty roaches any day! Maybe that's why I subconsciously migrated north...
This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man, ~ Shakespeare
having one crawl up the inside of my pant leg
I've had this happen too, but it also started biting my leg. I wasn't in a place where I could just take my pants off, so I was jumping around trying to get it to fall out. I think people thought I was having a seizure.
so I was jumping around trying to get it to fall out
LOL! That was me too! I was driving and had my hand pressed against my pants at the knee to keep it from crawling any higher, freaking out the whole time, until I came to a fast food restaurant. Pulled as far into the back as possible, came to a screeching halt, jumped out of my car and started doing the convulsion dance to get it out. Finally popped out, but I was still convulsing from being so utterly grossed out!
I wouldn't get back into my car until I inspected it. I am sure my antics gave more than a few people some stories to tell that day. Went to my brother's and bitched him out for the torment he created (this was long before cell phones). What did he say? Nothing, just laughed his ass off!
This is the first time in months I've seen a live roach in the house. I use some pretty hard core Raid (Bug Barrier) and spray around the doors, baseboards, etc. and they are generally dead when I find them. I just vacuum up the carcasses.
I'd like to prevent them from coming in at all though. The Raid I use has this big warning not to use it near outdoor drains if you expect rain... something about killing fish? So I have avoided that, although, believe me, the temptation to just pour half a bottle down the sewer drain next to the door is tempting.
Can I put borax in/around the outside drain? Or is that toxic to the ecosystem too?
With being a beekeeper, I really try to avoid chemicals as much as possible, because it just makes the pests stronger, it's like us using antibiotics. Anyway, The only thing that I have a big problem with is spiders, they love to hang out on my porches, and sometimes make it into the house. As long as they aren't recluses, or widows I leave them be, since they too eat lots of bugs.
Anyway That is my thought on the way for you to limit those icky creatures Ama - good luck.
TCD, I wish you hadn't mentioned Taiwan. The only primal scream I've uttered as an adult was when I was hit by a flying roach the size of a Piper cub. In our bedroom.
They eat bugs too....
I have a real aversion to bug spray, long story that involved being poisoned as a kid.
Apparently, and this came from an exterminator in FL, they love baking soda, but baking soda doesn't love them, they eat it up and then they blow up on the inside and die.
DD21 was 3 when we moved to FL. We were moving in to the new house, we had been there maybe 2 hours, potty chair was in the bathroom, DD needed to potty, we take the lid off after she does her business and lo and behold, there was a Palmetto bug as big as my thumb.
DS, DD and I start screaming and run out of the house. WS thinks we have lost our minds, we are screaming about the rather large bug we just encountered, of course we are crazy, no bug can be that huge, we all go back into the bathroom, WS takes the lid of the potty off, sees the bug and puts the lid back on after seeing for himself how big this sucker was. We devised a plan, Mr. Bug went for a swim and I was ready to leave FL that afternoon
It's all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits.
"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in." -Cohen
This too shall pass
I edit a lot because that stupid box is so small!
Raid? Nah. Shoe.
ETA: Also, if there is a gap under your door, get some weatherstripping. It'll save you on your heating/cooling bills, and keep critters out.
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Those mofos were as big as dinosaurs.
And they can fly at you and chase you. I saw one chase my grandma around the backyard one time.
I'll be up here with my parka and ice scraper, thankyouverymuch.
a little snow
Now THAT is a scary thought. I've driven in an 1/8th of an inch of snow before, slid across a parking lot and I was terrified.