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Old 11-13-2011, 07:29 AM   #11
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Re: Winter of 2011

Hi: majaross... Due to a clerical error on the part of the MTO, my licence was downgraded so I can't drive a bus. The transit was kind enough to keep me on cleaning bus interiors. The first thing I asked was...about Cockroaches So far I haven't seen any...but I know they're fast!!!
We had a problem here at home with earwigs(don't like them either) climbing the power cord so I put down a peel'nstick trap under the hot water heater in that compartment and that got'em!!! It will also get mice as well as it smells like peanut butter. Alf
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:32 AM   #12
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Re: Winter of 2011

Originally Posted by majaross
About taking the trailer further south --- we read a caution about giant cockroaches in the southern US. This was in a book on full-timing that we liberated from an RV park laundry room in Regina. It said these giant cockroaches come into your trailer through any accessible opening (e.g., where the power cord enters), are more than two inches long, and are so sturdy you can't kill them except by a direct blow with a hammer. Anybody ever see something like this?

I dislike cockroaches almost as much as I do self-serving politicians, and that would be enough to keep us in the more northern states. (The cockroaches, that is -- self-serving politicians are found everywhere, sad to say).
As much as I am tempted to reinforce the info you found about Tree Roaches (aka Rice Bugs or Palmetto Bug), I'm afraid they are not as bad as all that. They aren't pleasant, but they die indoors and squish easily. European roaches are the little guys found in dwellings.

We have Tree Roaches here in Memphis. They range in size from about 3/4" to 1 1/2" and THEY FLY!!!! That being said, they do not thrive indoors. We typically find them belly-up in a corner, and seldom see a live one in the house. Its my job to kill the live ones.

I spent two years in the military in Vietnam. Rice bugs swarmed periodically and there would be hundreds (thousands) of them flying everywhere. I too hate cockroaches, but I guess my tolerance is a bit higher based upon my experiences. I remember awakening one morning, opening my eyes and seeing two of them, nose-to-nose, sitting on the blanket on my chest. I screamed like a little girl.

They used to say if you threw a combat boot at one, he would pick it up and throw it back. Not a problem, their aim sucked.

It is said that 95% of the things we fear never come to pass. Don't avoid the Southern US because of a few bugs...there are far more substantial reasons, like the drivers.


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Old 11-13-2011, 10:56 AM   #13
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Re: Winter of 2011

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I so look forward to retirement where I can just pull the trailer further south as winter sets in, and way up north in the summer.
Is that in about 15 years : - )
15, no way, I would be nearly 70. I am hoping for more like 5, though we will see how the retirement fund is doing. I will still likely do some projects after that, but on a more selective basis.

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