on Dec 17, 2008 in Insects
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Last post was about mosquitoes and ants.
Another insect that is plentiful is roaches. They will crawl in or fly in. They wait until night and you might see one fly into the house.
Unfortunately we do not have screens on most windows or doors but need to keep them open for ventilation. While watching TV you might see something move in your peripheral and there one is, creeping along looking for whatever roaches look for. If you get up for a drink of water, or go to a dark room and turn on the lights, there they are.
In America if you find roaches, here comes the sprays and exterminator again and then the kitchen cabinets are emptied and everything is cleaned. Here you just squash time and kick them out the door to feed the ants.
As mentioned in first of this series, with all the drainage waste water running down the roads and the garbage dumped in the street or a lot if someone is too lazy to walk a few meters to a garbage container the roaches have a smorgasbord at all turns.
There is another item to get used to and that is rats. Not mice, I said rats. They come in all sizes from cute little ones about 3-4 inches long to some as big as a small cat. Lifestyle Changes Living in the Philippines.
As mentioned, without screen doors, these little critters will just sneak in day or night and then hide until dark to investigate your home.
Here when we see one, we put out glue pad traps. They run on then get stuck on them and we throw them out.
Filipinos are more used to rats then we are. As one item in the list of jokes I had posted a while back it said “Here rodents are considered as house pets.”One night a Filipino friend was visiting and we were at the table, I noticed a rat and exclaimed “A rat”, and he looked over and calmly said “yes”.
I was at a Carenderia which is a low cost food place where many Filipinos eat their meals when out. It is an open air facility with woven bamboo wall panels that have round openings. As we were eating I saw a rat about 8” long walk through one of the openings and slink off towards the kitchen area. I joked, “Fresh meat arrived”. It is only a joke and I do not know of anyone who eats rats.
I will continue my observations about lifestyle differences as time goes on. Please comment and also let me know if there are items you would like my feelings or observations.