I don’t think there is any doubt that this next intruder is the one intruder that really turns my wife’s stomach. She can’t stand them! A lot of people can’t stand them.
We’ve not had too many actually in the home, my best guess would be about six to eight in the 18 months we’ve been here so far. They are not very photogenic and as so many of you can’t stand these things, for you, here’s a picture of a cute koala.
For the rest of you who can stomach it
Yes, cockroaches! The only good cockroach is a dead cockroach…..
It is worth noting at this stage that to protect your home from these critters, it is normal to have an annual visit from a pest control company.
They will send someone round who will spend an hour or so circumnavigating your house, with a mask on and spray in hand, treating your walls, your crevasses, out houses and garages. He will also come into the house and treat the doorways, the floorways and your kitchen spaces.
That protection generally cost between $200 and $300 and will last for about one year. This doesn’t prevent the little critters getting into your house, but those that do make it inside are usually dead within an hour or two, just like him above. He was found face up in my garage and photographed for your visual delight.
But the spraying really does work and it’s all safe for pets and children.
Personally, and in this house, we haven’t had too much of a problem. But I am sure elsewhere they can be quite troublesome. I remember travelling from Brisbane to Sydney during a holiday here a few years ago and stopping overnight at the halfway point in Coffs Harbour. We stayed at a very pleasant holiday park but the pathway outside our door was rampant with cockroaches. Not very pleasant. So I guess it just depends where you live.
They say that cockroaches would survive a nuclear blast. That may be true. But strangely, they do not fare well against the underside of my boot. Go in peace.