CRANKY’s THEORY ON COCKROACH EXTERMINATION
Cockroaches are creepy, dirty, disgusting insects. Hardly an apartment in the NYC area does not have some infestation of these hardy creatures. They eat anything, food, soap and even glue in cardboard. Spraying and traps can keep their population down, but they are almost impossible to eradicate.
Cockroaches are primarily an urban problem. I have almost never seen them in suburbia. I think I know why.
Many years ago, my ex#2 moved into my New Jersey house from Brooklyn, N.Y. Her Brooklyn apartment had a mild roach problem. Mild in New York meant you might see eight or ten a day. For every roach you see there are probably two hundred you don't see. Within days of this move we started seeing roaches in my house. They clearly had been transported from Brooklyn inside the boxes of stuff we moved from her apartment.
“SHIT!” I thought. Now I am going to have a major problem of infestation. We saw roaches for maybe three days, and then there were none. How was it that you could never eradicate these things in the city, and yet in three or four days of their arrival to the New Jersey suburbs they had disappeared?
What we do have in the suburbs are crickets. My basement was somewhat damp and in the summer the chirp, chirp of crickets from downstairs was common. Crickets eat other insects. They stun them with their chirp and feast on them.
I believe the disappearance of the Brooklyn roaches was thanks to the crickets which lived in my basement.
If you want to eradicate roaches from urban areas, I recommend crickets. Drop a few of these buggers in your apartment and if they don’t eat the roaches, their presence and their chirping will scare the roaches off.
Of course now you are left with the crickets. Crickets die off in the cold, and they stay out of your food. They are comparatively clean and except for the chirping you hardly even know they exist. Once you are rid of the roaches, the crickets are easy to catch and or kill as their chirping gives away their location and they are not as evasive as roaches.
That is it, my completely unscientific suggestion for ridding your home of roaches.
Sure they are still bugs, but have you ever seen a cartoon character called Jiminy Cockroach?
Good plan Cranky.ReplyDelete
I always thought that cockroaches were the only living thing that could withstand a nuclear bomb and come out unscathed....perhaps it should be crickets!
Absolutely. Given the choice I'll take crickets every time. I didn't know the two were mortal enemies. :)ReplyDelete
And don't forget that crickets are ancient Chinese symbols for good luck. Can't have too much good luck.ReplyDelete
I suppose you could use horseshoes instead of crickets for good luck in your home--as long as the horse isn't wearing them at the time!ReplyDelete
Nice, I'd rather have a cricket in the house than a cockroach any day.ReplyDelete
You are right there are no cute cartoon cockroaches.
Boric acid sprinkled at the back of the cupboard under the sink and in the bathroom cabinet takes care of any and all cockies. I've lived in my house for ten years now and in that time have seen three cockies and they were dead. All my neighbors who don't use boric acid powder have cockroaches to the max!ReplyDelete
Excellent plan! We've had ant infestations before but never any other insect (touch wood). I think I'd take crickets over cockroaches though.ReplyDelete
I got the goose bumps with you just describing cockroaches we don't have this problem in California we have earthquakes, coyotes and the Kardashians instead.....ReplyDelete
Oh that this were true! I think it is just a matter of population size. When you have millions just outside your NYC apartment, you are fighting a losing battle. When you have hundreds or thousands at home in the suburbs, it is an easier battle.ReplyDelete
That explains a LOT. Or maybe roaches just can't stand living in the 'burbs. Too much fresh air.ReplyDelete
Now I can tolerate a bunch of crickets but when you have just one it can drive you crazy! I swear the darn things are ventriloquists!ReplyDelete
Maybe cockroaches just prefer living in the city? Maybe they got out of the boxes,looked around and said "Damn it, Marge, we're in the 'burbs! Lets get back to town!"ReplyDelete
I think your theory is 100% true. I personally like crickets and don't mind if one or two are in the house. They are "clean" bugs in my book, and I like the sound they make. Roaches are just NASTY and there's no cuteness to them at all. Nothing. Just nasty bugs, those roaches. Blahh!ReplyDelete
I have NO idea who brought the roaches from New York to Autralia.But whoever did, should be arrested on the spot.ReplyDelete
Luckily, I do not have these critters in my apartment, my cat would never allow it!!!!
I didn't know that about crickets. I will have to remember to invite one in should I see anymore of those nasty roaches scampering about!ReplyDelete