Whilst campaigning for the 2010 Federal election, Julia Gillard said “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead”.
She won the election.
Yesterday, under the government led by Julia Gillard, carbon tax legislation was ratified.
So today I want to talk about……..
Of all the critters in all the world, there is no doubt that the cockroach is the one that makes Mrs BobinOz’s toes curl. I don’t always notice her toes curl, but I do always hear the shriek.
Cockroaches are, therefore, always ejected from the premises with great speed in order to return our home to its usual calm.
The cockroach situation is very strange as far as I am concerned. I very, very rarely see a cockroach when I’m out and about. I only ever see cockroaches when they manage to find a way into my house.
Why is that? Where are they all before they break in?
I just don’t know. Anyway…..
Imagine Mrs BobinOz’s delight when, on returning home from our two-week holiday, we discovered 22 cockroaches in the house. That was the bad news, the good news being that almost all of them were dead.
Here’s one I prepared earlier……
Further proof, if any were needed, of the efficiency of our annual pest control treatment. Even more impressive, considering we are due for a respray next month.
But the question remains, how were these cockroaches getting in?
At least half of these cockroaches were found in our ensuite, so I didn’t need Sherlock Holmes to tell me they were coming in through the drains.
Drains like these…
As a temporary fix, I placed objects over these drains, like this shampoo bottle…..
That certainly did the job, but leaving shampoo bottles, soap dishes, bleach bottles and the like placed strategically over the drain holes in your bathrooms is not a long-term solution.
So I ventured outside. I soon found the culprit….
Let’s take a closer look…
A perfect hole for an inquisitive cockroach! In fact, I’d say all these holes are perfect for a cockroach, it’s just that the big hole would accommodate a really fat cockroach.
Cockroaches could now freely dive into the swimming pool of our drain and hold their breath, as they swim merrily through the piping until, eventually, they pop their ugly little heads up in the very place we want to go to keep ourselves clean.
Remove drain cover….
Take it to the garage and cut out a piece of window mesh (I already had some stored in the garage, I’ve done this before) slightly bigger than the drain cover all round…..
Of course, this window mesh is the same material we use on all of our windows and doors to keep out all kinds of insects, including cockroaches. Readily available in any DIY store and perfect for the job.
Next, grab a couple of nylon ties…
Then put them together like this, because one isn’t big enough for this job.
I imagine you have all now completed this task in your heads for yourselves. But I’ve started, so I’ll finish.
Here are some I did earlier…..
Right, I’ve got to go and wash my hands. Just like Julia.