When we first moved into our house we had some visitors. I was in the family room and saw three cockroaches crawling on the wall. Three HUGE cockroaches. Needless to say, I was a bit freaked out. I told my husband and he said something like, “well we live in a tropical climate, it’s to be expected.” That night I went to bed to sounds of my cat playing with something and all I could picture was her playing with the cockroaches. Gross!
So the next morning I told my husband how I had a hard time falling asleep. I fully expected him to mock me. Well, evidently he had an encounter himself. We did not have our household goods yet, only our express shipment. In our express shipment we including folding chairs. You know the kind you take to watch a game. They fold up and are placed into a bag you can then care on your shoulder. Well, my husband went into the garage after I went to bed to get one of these chairs. He pulled the chair out of the bag and over twenty cockroaches came pouring out! Needless to say, no mocking. He agreed we needed to call an exterminator.
Well, we procrastinated because after these incidences, we’ve only seen one here or there. So my theory was perhaps they came in our express shipment. You see, the shipment got to Hawaii and our place wasn’t available yet, so it went into storage. The chairs while in crates, weren’t in boxes. So my theory was the cockroaches crawled into the crates.
Fast forward to last night. My husband left for the mainland for work for a week. So I’m on the couch and I notice my cat playing with something.
I lift my feet onto the cushions and think it’s okay, the cat will take care of it. Well, she continues to play with it. She even puts it in her mouth, carries it, and then drops it to bat it around. Seriously? And that sucker is FAST! Well, that one got away, but she found another one. Really? So I went and got the can of Raid. While my kitty was playing with the second cockroach, the first one emerged and I took care of it.
As you see, it is 4 inches from back leg to antennae. So I went to bed totally wrapping myself up in my blanket and hoping any other cockroaches would leave me alone. The next morning my boys let me know there is a dead cockroach on the kitchen floor. Perhaps, it was cockroach #2? Who knows. Oh, and then we found this one in the cat’s water dish.
I am going to hope it fell in and couldn’t get out. I’d hate to think my cat actually drowned it. Sigh. I always like to make the most out of situation though. We went to the library last week and got library cards. Would you believe, the book my oldest son picked out was all about cockroaches. Perhaps, this is why they are back. They take the book as a welcoming or something. Either way, now my son can REALLY learn the parts of a cockroach.
So tell me what kind of rodent adventures have you encountered? Have you ever had anything unexpected in your shipment?