Guest Star: Jamima the cockroach Killer

Hi everyone,

Please find below a guest post from Helen about her beloved cat Jamima – Human Cat

So, you know the happy Helen is not far away….

Here’s a cheeky post to get you through the weekend.

I’m working my administrator very hard this week.

Ms Noelle reminded me re-entry that cockroaches are not known to be south of the NSW (New a South Wales) border.

I’ve had 3 in the last month and other friends tell me of the plague they have housed. Unwillingly, but all the same.

The first cocky, I sprayed, grabbed with a tissue and flushed. What? Do you not do that? Trust me, it was gone and not coming back. That was the important part, the second cocky, Jamima caught and ate. Obviously. Thankfully I hadn’t sprayed it.

Last week, I invested in a cockroach killer. I couldn’t get or afford cockroach bombs since I already had an unwell fur-child. But before I had a nuance to put out the baits or the tape or the traps, or whatever the hell I had purchased. I saw another huge cockroach.
I don’t think this was how the product was intended to be used but it was certainly effective all the same.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. I’ll be trying to keep busy while missing Meimi.

 

Helen

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14 thoughts on “Guest Star: Jamima the cockroach Killer

  1. Having lived in NYC for six years, I’ve had my bouts with said creatures. There was a natural mixture I used but not exactly sure of the mixture anymore as that was back a few decades. I found the following and hope that you may find something of value in your campaign. With global warming, the rule book went out the window and things are changing everwhere. Best of luck, Léa

    Cockroach Control

    Roaches flourish where food and moisture are readily available. As a result, sanitation is an important step in prevention and management. Reduce the carrying capacity of your home by placing food and waste in sealed containers.
    Reduce pest hiding places, like cracks and crevices, with caulk and paint.
    Place glue traps along baseboards, near water pipes, behind refrigerators, in bathrooms and most locations where roaches are found.
    Wrap fine screen over vents and windows through which many crawling pests travel.
    In a recent study, Orange Guard reduced cockroach populations better than Dursban, the toxic ingredient in Raid®.
    Dust Boric Acid lightly into cracks, crevices, wall voids and other insect hiding places. This fine powder clings to the legs, antennae and bodies of insects and acts as a stomach poison when consumed during grooming.
    Food-grade diatomaceous earth contains no toxic poisons and works on contact. Lightly coat a thin layer over insect hiding places. Repeat treatment as necessary.
    Least-toxic botanical insecticides should be used as a last resort. Derived from plants which have insecticidal properties, these natural pesticides have fewer harmful side effects than synthetic chemicals and break down more quickly in the environment.
    Note: Household pests are often carried into homes in shipping materials, grocery bags, beer and soda cases, laundry and used appliances.

    Tip: Use multiple traps to detect pest populations and give priority to areas where you have found the highest numbers.

    1. As a native New Yorker, I know these critters too well. Lived in places where no matter how clean you keep your place, the roaches make themselves at home. At my previous residence, the garbage room was across from my apartment. A few tenants on my floor used to dump food and liquids on the floor. The roaches used to march toward my doorway. Always kept an environmental-friendly roach spray on hand, and sprayed the doorway and the garbage room. I had to move out. Luckily, where I live now, the landlord has an exterminator who visits once a month. The roach situation is under control.

      1. P.S.: I do not have the exterminator come in. I don’t need it. I don’t bring them in. Besides, I’m not sure about the chemicals used. But since the problem is not in my apartment, I have no worries.

  2. Jamima, we would like to see a picture of this Horror Cockroach. An unadulterated one would be quite a nice crunchy addition to a pack of Sheba soup, possibly.

  3. I KNEW this had to be YOU Helen.

    Cockroaches in the U.S. are different depending on locale.

    Having lived in San Diego, where they invade the beach communities, and having lived, and traveled in the Deep South, I can tell you I prefer coming upon a giant Southern Monster Roach in Mississippi, as creepy as they are.

    You can SEE them. You can chase them and can actually catch them.

    But imagine this, in your lovely beach cottage in Ocean Beach, CA, you open your cupboard door at night to get a clean mug for tea and literally HUNDREDS of the smaller roaches (less than 1/2 inch) tumble out of your cupboard!!! YUCK!! Those tiny sukers are FAST and catching even one is not an option!

    Glad your Jamima (where’d se get THAT name???) keeps you safe. My Lucy thankfully prefers spiders.

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