So, back in the beginning of November I posted a little cry for help. I was, if I am being honest, a little (or a lot) horrified by the non-paying tenants in my new flat in Las Palmas. The cockroaches. Ugh. They were strolling around in here like they owned the place as soon as the lights were turned off at night, and not even a full fumigation got rid of them. They kept coming, and who knows how many there really were, as they were only seen in the moment you turned on the lights in the morning, before they got time to hide. I mean, they might have been having parties every night for all I know. Still, meeting a couple every single week was not a nice thing to deal with in the comfort of my home, and I was a bit desperate to get rid of them.
So I posted on here, hoping that someone might know a little trick, and I was especially hoping for a natural remedy, as I have great experience with that in different areas. And there was someone anonymous, leaving me a tip:
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.
And I just wanted to say THANK YOU again to this person again, whoever you are! You gave me a tip that has changed my life here (haha!) As soon as I found a place to buy fresh bay laurel leaves I have not seen A SINGLE ONE! At first I thought it was just coincidence that I hadn't seen any more, it seemed too easy, and very strange that a couple laurel leaves would have a better effect than a fumigation. But it's now been about 4-5 weeks since I got laurel in the house, and 4-5 weeks since I saw a cucaracha here. THANK YOU!!!
It wasn't that easy to find fresh bay laurel leaves though. I asked in flower shops, but they looked at me strange and told me laurel came in big bushes and that they did not know where I could buy just a few leaves. But then I tried to go to the Central Market of Las Palmas (Mercado Central de Las Palmas) and there I found a stand where different herbs were sold, and ta-da! A whole bunch, for the beautiful sum of ..... €0,60 !!! Yes, that's right. I couldn't quite believe how cheap it was.
So, if you have this problem and need a tip, I am happy to recommend this one.
Cheap, easy and very effective! Hurray!