Bugged Out

I am neurotic about insects.  Roaches, flies, ants.  There is no room in the house for me and them both.  I wrote about the huge roaches that come up out of the bathroom floor drain.  But during Ramadan, I had a problem with the ‘regular’ kind.  After I’d noticed a few, I figured I better check for the source.  It can be in the bags of fresh produce from the corner, or in the eggs you bought.  That’s right, eggs.  The eggs here don’t really come in cartoons, they come in an open tray, usually without any wrappings.  If you want packaging similar to what you have in the states, you can get it from the supermarket, at a higher price.  So I’d usually have my eggs delivered from a corner store (that way I don’t have to worry about breaking an open tray of eggs).  Well, one day I pick up one of my newly delivered eggs, and a roach crawls out of the place where the egg was!  Here is my source!  I took down the previous egg tray and there are about 5 roaches sitting in the darn tray!  I kill them, but I’m still noticing the darn babies.  Every night, middle of the night, I am up in the kitchen with the bottle of Raid, spraying the spots where I see them.  Finally I don’t see any more babies.  I hope I have eliminated them all, inshallah.  I really, really have a very strong distaste for roaches.  REALLY. 

Before the roaches there was some kind of ant outbreak.  Not small ants, mind you.  Those huge, oversized army-type ants.  For some odd reason they were attracted to something in the bathroom.  I kept seeing them, everytime I made a visit.  One day I noticed a large number near the toilet.  I pulled up the rug and there had to be 20-30 of ’em under there!  And as I said, they are BIG!  It happened again with the laundry basket.  I dump the clothes to sort them out and there is a huge number of big ants inside.  More than before.  It reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds.  Except it was ants.  I was screaming and stomping at the same time.  The kids with me. 

Now I have read hadith which state not to kill ants.  And usually didn’t.  But this was just too much.  I can’t live with this many insects in my house.  The only alternative was to move.  This was all out war.  I bought some spray and started to spray the bathroom.  I also sprayed near the bottom of the front door, and some of the stairs in the stairwell (there is a crack in the stairs where you can see them coming out).  That seemed to handle it.  Oh and I also mopped with ‘gas’.  It’s sold by a man in a donkey cart.  It’s supposed to clean anything and get rid of ants.  Not sure what it is in English, turpentine maybe?  I am still not sure what attracted them in the first place.  The ants here are weird, lol.  They don’t just go for sweet stuff.  They will pick up other dead insects and carry them away.  They will cluster on snot paper (do they eat it?).   Right now it’s under control, but I expect an increase once it’s warm again. 


2 Responses

  1. That makes two of us! Although I would have preffered to throw the tray a the wall and run out of the kitchen like a mad woman rather than hunt for roaches. Don’t even get me started on the ones that lurk in toilets and bathrooms. They always have the juiciest bottoms. Kitchen roaches are the fastest, before I reach for the can of spray, they’re gone.

    I can’t stand flying insects in general and I have a particular fear of cockroaches. I can sense them even in deep sleep. The minute a roach enters the room I wake up. It’s not a good thing because once I wake up I cannot sleep again untill I am sure it’s dead. By dead I don’t mean after spraying and it’s legs are still twitching and it’s still trying to be alive. I always make sure I squash it so no resurrected cockroaches crawl all over my body when I fall asleep… *sigh* I can write a whole book on roaches.

    Oh, and there’s a bit of sugar in snot. I can tell you that for a fact because I used to eat my boogers… they tasted quite good, lol *you never heard me say it!*

  2. I hate bugs too! My son is allergic to fire ants and we live in the southern US, so keeping the two apart is VERY DIFFICULT!

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