Monday, November 12, 2012

Cockroaches - help anyone, please??

So, the thing is, cockroaches are happy in warmer climates, just like myself. They love it here in Gran Canaria. (Just like me.)

And I have learned that I just have to look down a bit when walking in the streets at  night to avoid stepping on one. Two reasons for that:
  1. It's disgusting, they are big!
  2. I've heard you should not kill a cockroach by stepping on it, as it might bear eggs, that you will then drag around the house, and well you can all imagine what a party that could turn out to be.
Lately, these last few weeks the temperature has cooled down a little, there has been more winds and less heat, and it seems the cockraches have disappeared a bit with the heat. The local council have been fumigating the streets too. 

I don't mind them that much outdoors...

...but when they invade the safety and comfort of my home, I do mind!

In Norway, fortunately these buggers don't exist. So I am not used to them. In Barcelona, I have seen cockroaches in the metro-stations, but NEVER inside my home. And I wasn't taking too much care of things there to be honest, cause I didn't have to. It wasn't a problem, they didn't enter my building.

Here, I've learned that you simply have to be very careful with food, sweets, crumbs etc. And that is ok. I keep all food and sweets (need my chocolate!) safely closed in tuppers, glass containers etc. I make sure the garbage is taken out every single night, and that there are never any dishes waiting to be done. I make sure there is no grease on the stove, or anywhere else. Basically I keep everything CLEAN.

The flat has been fumigated, which should keep the buggers out for 12 months. But they don't stay out. The one that was wandering around on top of my kitchen cabinet last  night was huge. I'm sure she goes to roach-gym every single day, cause she wasn't a small one. (By the way, it's a she in Spainsh, una cucaracha, while a kakkerlakk is masculin in Norwegian, interesting.) But the point is, I DON'T WANT THEM IN MY FLAT! 

Anyway, long introduction, but my post of today is a cry for help!!!  
Anyone have experience with this and have any form of help to offer me?
Anything, like tips for how to avoid them (apart from the typical insecticide-spray
and taking care with food), what to do if they are already inside, how to get rid of the image of them
 that keeps popping into my head, especially before sleeping (which creates lovely dreams...)
Anything! If you live somewhere with cockroaches yourself and are used to them and see
them as I see a fly, please tell me the secret!

26 comments:

  1. How horrible! I wish I had some advice for you, but (thankfully) we don't have cockroaches in my corner of Provence. I'm sure that there are some helpful forums on the internet though. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you for the sympathy! I am happy for you that you don't have them! They are no fun.

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  2. I have heard that fresh laurel leaves keep them away. They can't stand the smell. Leave them laying around, inside cupboards, drawers, behind furniture on the floor etc. You shuldn't have any problems finding laurel in Spain, because everywhere I've been they usually have potted bushes on the street.
    Cockroaches there are humongous and hopefully you're not dealing with the flying ones. I empathise.
    Good luck, and ask you're neighbours how they deal with them.

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    1. *your neighbours*

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    2. Dear you! Thank you so much! This was just what I was hoping for, that someone had a little home remedy tip for me! I will get me some fresh laurel and hope that will keep them away.
      The landlord (and myself) are wondering if they might come in from the neighbour actually :-/ since both the flat and the common areas of the building are fumigated... But the landlord was here today and found some holes in the roof that are now closed off. Thank you for the empathy!!

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  3. Hehe, beklager at jeg ler.. ;)

    Jeg har sett TO kakerlakker i denne leiligheten jeg bor i her i Torrevieja. Og det er siden jeg flyttet inn. En stor svart en, som hadde flydd inn. Og en stor brun som tydeligvis likte å gjemme seg på badet.. Bortsett fra det, ingen.

    Jeg har slike svarte bokser liggende på gulvet her og der. De skal inneholde slike gifter som dreper insektet. Begge de to store jeg fant fikk seg en ufrivillig tur i kloakkavløpet (wc). Det eneste jeg gjør er å vaske opp og sånt. Og ja, i varmen oppbevares alt i bokser/kjøleskap.

    Det med at eggene sprer seg om du tråkker på kakerlakker, er jeg blitt fortalt av en spansk jente, er bare humbug. Og også at kakerlakker er mestre i å late som om de er døde.. hehe ;)

    Du må også kjøpe spray mot insekter/kakerlakker, og forlate leiligheten en time etter å ha sprayet.

    Du skal ikke fritere de da? ;) ( fleiper )

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    1. Jeg har ingen planer om å fritere de! Men jeg hørte at de "i gamle dager" kokte te på de når noen var syk, for de var antibiotiske på en måte. Jeg tror jeg står over.

      Jeg har spray, men den kan jeg bare bruke utvendig på dører og vinduer, da sprayen ødelegger effekten av desinfeksjonen.
      I Barcelona hadde jeg alt mulig liggende ganske uforsiktig fremme, sjokolade, kjeks osv- null problem. Men jeg vet det er noen områder i Bcn som har problemer med kakkerlakker. Men jeg skal sjekke ut det med laurbærblader som anonym over her foreslår :)

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  4. Haha, jeg måtte bare le litt. Beklager, men litt morsomt å lese om frustrasjonen din for kakkerlakkene! Forstår deg godt, for jeg hadde vert likedan :P Krysser fingrene for at laurbærbladene fungerer og at de forsvinner fort! Glad for at vi "bare" har de små billene her hjemme i Norge, selv om de er ekle de også.
    Håper forresten du har det fantastisk flott på Gran Canaria, skulle ha gjort mye for å være der nå. Været hjemme er fææælt!
    Klem fra meg

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    1. Jeg får tro jeg kan le litt selv etterhvert, og jeg gjør det innimellom slagene, men liker ikke hver gang jeg kommer over en ubuden gjest! Håper været bedrer seg litt der hjemme for deg! Klem

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  5. Hey lovely, I truly feel for you. There are cockroaches in Fiji too, we always just used the sprays to get rid of them. There are also chalks, you draw lines with them along corners etc and they create like a barrier and kill them. I'm terrified of the flying ones, they freak me out. Don't leave your windows open at night, unless they are well screened...other than that...I really don't have any idea. My parents would have the whole house fumigated every now and then so we didn't really have many around...

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    1. Hey sweetie, thank you so much for your empathy! I guess you know how it is then... That chalk thing sounds very interesting, but I am not sure it exists here. Will keep looking though. The flying ones are the worst!! The thing about keeping windows closed I've heard here too. At first I was like "seriously??" In Bcn windows were open at night ALWAYS. But here they get closed at night. Better be warm but safe :)

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  6. Hei :) Er ikke begeistret for disse krabatene nei, og desverre er det mange av dem på gran canaria. Var en som satt i toalettmappa mi og veste til meg en gang jeg var der. Rett og slett skrekkelig var det! Da svigers bodde i Arguineguin vet jeg at svigermor brukte noe i vaskemiddelet når hun moppet gulvet + at hun brukte en spray som hun sprayet på etterpå. Den var sterk, så pass på å lufte masse ;) Hør på apotek om de kan hjelpe deg med å finne rette middel. Eller snakk med lokalbefolkningen, eller hør på restaurantene hva de bruker for å holde kakkerlakkene borte.

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    1. Å fysj! Foreløpig har de vært på golvet og oppå kjøkkenskapet, men heldigvis ingen i toalettmapper eller lignende! Takk for alle tpis, skal nok få overtakt på dem (håper jeg haha!) Grøss!

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  7. Kommer gjerne også med en kakkerlakk kommentar her. En katalansk venninde sa jeg måtte sjekke og vaske ofte bak kjøleskapet pga de elsker varmen/viften. Og ja jeg og vi har spraya noen daue og det funker, de dør etter sekunder. uff nå høres jeg ut som en hersens dyremisshandler. Men de er ikke noen dyr jeg elsker. Sitter igjen med frysninger:/ Skal også teste dette ut med laubær. God de også kan brukes til mere enn matlaging. Suerte!

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    1. Hei Anja, og takk for kommentaren! De snakker også om kjøleskapet her, at de elsker å "flytte inn" bak der. Jeg har tatt et par med spray jeg også :) hehe, jeg er tøffest på avstand, med en spray i hånda når det gjelder de der.. Så du bor i Catalunya? og har kakkerlakker? Fysj. Hadde heldigvis aldri noe problem med det i Bcn, men ei venninne som bodde i Raval hadde jevnlig besøk... Surete til deg også!!

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  8. Yikes. I grew up in sunny Florida and we had plenty. I can't think of anything other than the traditional pest control, except that sometimes the attic space/crawl space needs to also be treated, and that isn't always possible if you live in an apartment.

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    1. Thank you Tina. It's interesting how things are done in different countries. The fumigation here is supposed to last one year, I think I would feel 'safer' with a once a month treatment! I'll just have to hope things'll get better with the heat of the summer slowly decreasing. According to the locals, there's a lot less in the streets already.

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  9. I'm from Louisiana and roaches are a fact of life there as well. Keeping everything spotlessly clean and food sealed away only goes so far, becuase they can eat everything (think glue on a stamp, etc).

    If you live in an apartment, unfortunately, you really have to depend on your neighbors being as diligent as you are, since roaches travel through the drains and any other tiny access points. If you live in a small building, you might talk to the other residents about getting the entire building serviced by pros.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, interesting. I have so little knowledge about these as they don't exist en Norway. But I had a feeling that keeping everything spotless and food sealed away wasn't enough (well, because they keep entering anyway). Unfortunately it's a big building with lots of apartments, and when my landlord got my apartment fumigated, he asked the building to do it in the common areas and they did, but that's as far as we get..

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  10. In Australia we have a very effective Eco friendly "Cockroach Trap" check this website www.zztrap.com.au Contact them they may be will to send you a few samples !

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    1. Thank you, that sounds very interesting! Will check it out :)

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  11. We had them in southern California and boric acid was the thing we used. this was years ago and I have a vague memory of having to keep our pets away from it? I think if you do some googling you will find more info. I hate cockroaches too! best of luck.

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    1. I had to google boric acid haha, no idea what it was. I might have to try to see if I can find some. It really is an annoying problem, don't want them at home! Thanks for the tip!

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    2. yes, they are so ugly aren't they? I remember having them in the apartment where I lived in Madrid when I was in college. hated getting up in the middle of the night...they'd all go running to the corners of the room!! yea, if you can find boric acid, you should be on your way. buena suerte! and you're welcome :)

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    3. It's bad for me to read this now just before going to bed!!! I try to avoid getting up in the middle of the night. I am sure they're having a party, I just don't want to know about it!

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