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post #106 of 156
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post
I would give a leg to rid the world of roachez.

post #107 of 156
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Originally Posted by MetroStyles View Post
Roaches are nothing compared to the Demonspawn bugs that used to crawl around in my folks' basement.



These guys were like 5 inches long and skittered around faster than a mouse - ceilings, floors, in your underpants - you name it.

Those are plain ol' house centipedes...no big deal. They do sting though (poison front claws).

I was under the impression NYC and roaches were synonymous. Everyone I know in the city reports having seen them at home, in bars/restaurants, stores, etc.
post #108 of 156
I'm going to throw a +1 for the Geckos. Maybe even get a house centipede or two. Start a little biosphere and there, and then hope they all die out. Geckos are kinda cute, too.
post #109 of 156
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Originally Posted by Duff_Man View Post
I'm going to throw a +1 for the Geckos. Maybe even get a house centipede or two. Start a little biosphere and there, and then hope they all die out. Geckos are kinda cute, too.

Mine won't shut up about saving money on car insurance.
post #110 of 156
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Originally Posted by FLMountainMan View Post
Do crickets divebomb you? Because roaches do. I've eaten spiders and moths, wrestled an alligator, camped for weeks out in the swamps, etc..., but I shriek like a twelve-year old girl when I'm out downtown and one of those things dive bomb me. Fucking terrifying.
I've been attacked by flying roaches on a camping trip once. A perfect combination of terror and revulsion. I'd probably puke on the spot if a flying roach got me in my own apartment. That said, there is much worse out there. Back in LA we had all sorts of weird shit crawling around (and not just the people). Black widows are near-ubiquitous in people's garages and basements, for instance. Roaches are not uncommon, though I was blessed in never having had them. Every once in awhile, though, you'd get one of these two specimens crawling around your bedroom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_cricket http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_spider You haven't screamed like a 12 year old girl until you've woken up with a giant, tarantula-looking thing skittering across your blanket. In the hills behind my house we'd also get the occasional rattlesnake, lots of coyotes, raccoons the size of grizzly bears, and all sorts of lizards big and small. One time my dog surprised me with the mangled carcass of a 2-foot lizard at my feet. I'd hoped it was someone's escaped pet, because if those freaking things were out there all the time, I was not going to be a happy camper. There are also mountain lions in certain parts of LA. I was never fortunate enough to play host to one in my backyard, but we had a neighbor's cat mauled by one. They also eat hikers every now and then on the various trails through the Hollywood Hills and surrounding mountains.
post #111 of 156
snatch them and throw it away
post #112 of 156
Coyotes show up in the Dallas suburbs all the time. There was one that I used to see in the park by my old workplace when I would come in in the morning.

Wolf spiders are harmless.
post #113 of 156
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post
Coyotes show up in the Dallas suburbs all the time. There was one that I used to see in the park by my old workplace when I would come in in the morning.

Wolf spiders are harmless.

Harmless, but ugly and scary as all hell.
post #114 of 156
There are probably roach parts in every meal you get in NYC The roaches down south and when I visit my family in PR are the size of small birds and fly around. In my apartment in GA I used to kill the palmetto bugs with a metal yard stick, easily 10 or more a week and they got into everything, the silverware drawer, I'd see shadows at night running across the wall, and they've even ran on my hand when I was using the computer at night. Glad I got the hell out of there. Haven't seen a single one since back in CT.
post #115 of 156
the existence of roaches only reinforces conne's belief that there is no god.
post #116 of 156
Until I read this thread I wasn't sure if I was going to have trouble staying up till 4 for the Black Friday sales after eating all day. Now I'm sure I'll have no problems.
post #117 of 156
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I treated my apartment with Ortho Home Defense spray. Hope it helps.
post #118 of 156
Once you have roaches, it is hard and nearly impossible to get rid of them. There's just too many places for them to hide in a home. 1 or 2 roaches is all that's necessary to start breeding again. Try to spray as many holes and dark areas as you can and you should probably be able to get rid of most of them.
post #119 of 156
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A friend of mine goes to school in NYC and I mentioned the cockroaches to her. She laughed and said that I wouldn't survive a day in Manhattan. She has friends with extremely expensive apartments and almost all of them have perpetual roach problems. And apparently they are big. Is there an area of North America that is largely bug free?
post #120 of 156
My sister said that when she lived in Colorado she rarely saw any bugs and that includes flies, gnats, and mosquitos. I think it may be the elevation. She also was living outdoors as a river rafting guide so she was definitely outside enough to notice.
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