Post # 1
I NEED SOMEONE TO SAY THIS TO.
FI is on a camping trip tonight, and packed some trail mix for himself… before he headed out the door, the bag tipped and it spilled all over his desk and the floor.
I cleaned up everything I could see, and headed out a bit later to spend the day with my mom.
So I get home late, go on the computer to finish up some tasks and hear… scratch scratch…. I lift some papers to see what it is, and it’s nothing. OK.
It’s coming from next to me. I get out of my chair… and there…. there, under my desk… is the speediest, biggest frigging cockroach I’ve ever seen.
I roach-proofed this apartment!
No bugs in a year and a half!!!
And FI spills freaking TRAIL MIX all over the damn floor (crasins.. everywhere!) and it attracts the biggest mofo.
I crushed him with a shoe.
And sprayed repellant under the door (only place he could have entered, everything else is packed with steel wool and diatemous earth) and near where the damn trail mix spilled.
But now I don’t think I will sleep tonight.
Yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck
I hope FI’s tentmate snores extra loud this trip.
Post # 3
If it makes you feel any better, roaches are incredibly clean for bugs. They’re kind of like rabbits or raccoons, constantly cleaning themselves.
Could have been worse, it could have been this guy!
He’s a Giraffe Weevil!
Post # 4
Why would you SHOW me that now?!
Even if they’re clean, I don’t care – a roach in my apt means something’s dirty, and more than that… usually something I can’t really see on first inspection. And it attracts them (and why are they always mutant huge ones when I’m by myself??)
So far no buddies have shown up (probaby beacuse this guy was so freaking fast he beat them) … aaand now I think I will sprinkle some DE in my doorway, too…
Post # 5
Well, they’re not necessarily attracted to “dirty.”
They’re attracted to food, which is what quite obviously brought him in. You’re not dirty, you just had good taste in nom noms
Post # 6
@CakeyP: You are a better bee than I am!! I have been known to kill a roach or two, but I’ve been more or less know to trap under a cup and wait for SO to get home.
Can’t help it, bugs freak me out lol!!!
Post # 7
Back when I lived in NYC, I would spray the living hell out of roaches with raid, and then <i>vacuum</i> the mofos up.
Post # 8
@Hyperventilate: Yeah, apparently Crasins are attractive snacks for bugs. I can see why – they’re basically all sugar! sugar + bugs = love (or excellent traps)
I guess I mean “dirty” like: “why did you have to spill perfectly good food all over the floor?” 😛
@veryberry13: Oh please, I may have crushed it with a shoe but I sure as hell left that thing where I squished it. I covered it with diatemeos earth and sprayed it with repellant (for good measure) but it is very much dead.
I am just not cleaning it up. Can’t can’t caaaan’t
Post # 9
@CorvusCorax: My vaccuum is so tiny, it can barely hold dust!
Doesn’t work on roaches, but I’ve been known to spray hairspray on an errant bee or wasp who makes its way indoors.
Post # 10
@CakeyP: Lol. My SO has been known to pull a makeshift flame thrower on bugs: an aerosol can and a lighter.
Post # 11
Ugh I hate roaches. When I lived in the Caribbean my apartment backed on to a wooded area, and we had roaches all. the. time. And those things could fly! We had a giant can of bug spray, so if I saw one first I would spray the crap out of it while FI grabbed a shoe to smash it.
Once I didn’t spray one enough, and as I was running away to get FI the thing was flying after me!!