Wednesday, January 30, 2013

An Update on the Cockroach Situation!

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! 

15 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I HATE bugs. I cannot deal with them, I turn into a screaming little girl. That would be awful. We call them "waterbugs" in the south and definitely have trouble with them too because it's a hot and humid climate here. But I have literally never heard of this laurel trick, I might have to try that if I see any (hope not)! Glad that worked!

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    1. I am afraid I am like you :) It was no fun to encounter these ones basically anywhere in my flat up to several times every week. It's the heat and humidity that is key here too for why they love it here. I hope you never need to use laurel leaves too!

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  2. That sounds like an awesome advice!I have never heard about this. But glad it keeps them away and it is all natural and you don't have to kill anybody!

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    1. All natural and such a good tip! I am very happy to have gotten this tip :)

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  3. how funny that cockroaches can't stand the smell of something...really? :) haha

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    1. I have no idea, it's hard to believe isn't it? But they seem to stay away so that is good enough for me!

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  4. Hurra por no más cucarachas! So gross! haha! Good work friend!

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  5. I'm glad you got this sorted out - really a horrible problem and of course fumigating doesn't always work either apart from being so toxic. Well done and what a great tip. I had an infestation once in London and it was really upsetting - sort of irrational but it feels so unclean although the bug man told me it is nothing to do with that.
    Now to find something that deals with ants! We have terrible problems with them and although I hate doing it I have resorted to squashing them after several warnings that if they don't go somewhere else they will die! You go to bed and there is a clean kitchen and you wake up to hordes of ants over everything.

    Take care

    Kate x

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    1. Hi Kate, thank you. The fumigation was 'una fumigación ecologica', so not toxic at least for humans, but it didn't really do the trick. (Well, it took care of the infestation, but they kept coming back/showing up) Now hojas de laurel is something else! And the man at the herb-stand at the market said laurel was very effective for cucas y hormigas. I am not sure about the hormigas though, cause every now and then I see a hormiga exploradora (? I guess cause there are never more than one or two) close to the hojas.

      But I know from Norway, that the ants stay away from cinnamon! Once we had ants in my childhood home in Norway and we put out cinnamon where they came from and walked around, and they couldn't stand it and that got rid of the problem! We let the cinnamon lay around for a day or two after they disapeared and we never saw then again. I tried the same trick in Barcelona and it worked wonders.

      Here, people talk about lemon being a good trick for the ants, putting out half a lemon here and there should keep them away.(I haven't tried it though)

      Don't know if you have tried any of this, but maybe it could help you? Although ants don't da tanto asco como las cucas, it's still not nice to have them taking over your house!

      Best of luck! xx

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  6. I'll try it as well. It's worth a try...

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  7. Ugh!!! Yuck yuck yuck!! I'm glad you found such an awesome solution, I hope I never need it though!

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    1. Haha, si señorita! Yuck yuck yuck! So glad to not having seen any in a while :) And I hope you'll never need this tip!

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  8. I'm catching up on lot of reading (again)! When I read the title, I already had chills running up my spine, I don't know what it is with cockroaches... Lucky we have none here in Norway! :) And I'm happy to hear your problem is solved, pheew... I can just imagine the feeling of going to bed at night knowing that the party is just starting for some!

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