So, as you might have read in my other post I’m quite a -souji- (cleaning) lover.
Due to asthma and dust allergy – I already wrote about how to keep those things out of your house (which is quite tricky in Japan; especially on laundry days.)
I got rid of cockroaches, so I thought, but after a nice crispy cold winter they were back again.
Gokiburi-season starts around march/april when the first sun rays warm up your apartment over 20C. I kept thinking and reading and following advice from more experienced japanese people. Here is what I did [»yes, we actually caught a handful huge beasts and made sure they will never enter our apartment again.]
the basic advice is “smell”. But it is primarily to prevent “re-appearance”
(keep garbage outside, no water-access, use lavender-based air freshener/soaps/oil, clean regularly…)
♥ Poisoned Baits “(ホウ酸 ダンゴ)¹
You know beasts are there, but cant find them? Lay out (very affordable) poisoned baits. They work! [» Jump to: Experience]
One important point is those beasts take the poision home, die and as they feed on each other a whole nest will be destroyed (if any) – baits are small and last 6-8 months. Some key-areas where you mostly forget to put them:
- under/behind kitchen. Japanese basic kitchens are like a set box. Imagine there are holes (sink pipes) where they enter and leave as they please.
⇒ open the sink-pipe cover, put a bait and also seal all holes with THIS
- ‘inside’ (under) your bathtub. Japanese bathtubs are kinda covered with a square-sized frame.
⇒ there is one area to access the pipes. Open it, put a bait in and your done.
- breaker box! Yes, this little plastic thing is connected to all wires which directly leave the wall through a huge hole
⇒ ours was big enough to put a bait. If not, keep at least the breaker box hole sealed so they will never be able to leave.
- kitchen ‘exhaust/range’ hood. In japan unfortunately its simply a hole in the wall covered by a fan.
⇒ clean it thoroughly (especially after moving you might find 10 years of pre-owner cooking fat pasted there) and lay a bait on the “outer” area too
♥ Seal, Seal, Seal
Seal holes (after!) putting baits. If you’re the DIY kind of wife, like I am, all you have to do is order “these 3 things². If you’re not, there is this “easy-seal³ – very simple and good for the work you wanna do. [ –removing old seal– part is a bit tricky, but these handy thing will help you (or your husband/boyfriend/person you bribed effectively)]
›REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE‹^
As for our home – I haven’t seen any gokiburi for over a month now. I laid out baits, practically turned over all our kitchen while cleaning with this great “renji cleaner” spray that melts old fat and all you have to do is wipe –brown sauce- off (basically) anything [my kitchen sparkles again *woot woot*]
• Regarding baits, they DO WORK
⋅→ first night. They apparently ate from the baits, as there was fresh poo (black long stains) everywhere in the kitchen (maybe those baits kinda made them not hold it any longer *gross*)
⋅→ second night. I caught a huge beast drinking water, that I didn’t wipe off our sink – but the poison made it less fast (easy catch …for my husband though)
⋅→ third night. we were happily watching our TV show in the living room, when another huge beast walked in kinda bored….as if it wanted to say…(totally high) “yo, folks…kitchen is so dark and silent…wanted to check you guys out here” (another easy catch ….for my hero-husband)
⋅→ forth morning. I check the baits and saw one sitting under our oven in the kitchen…not moving, but still alive (this one had definitely an overdose ….Mr. Cucaracha could just take and dump it with eyes half-closed)
⋅→ the fifth night. was a bit gross as two mega-monster drowned themselves? One in our shower drain (which is covered by a net to prevent hair from plugging the pipes…still a mystery how it got there.) whereas another one was going for a swim in the toilet but too high to leave? (my –now I know why I married you for– husband was pleased about less work)
… hopefully this will be the end of our La Cucaracha- Fairytale.
P.s. as my husband wasn’t aware of the fact:
La Cucaracha is spanish for cockroach.
Yes, it’s not a love song for a girl named cucaracha (korean version!)
↑ that one actually made my day *LOL*