Friday, September 27, 2013

The Girl Who Loves Bugs

Am I talking about me in the title?  I could be but in this case, I am not.  One of our Master Gardeners has a daughter who loves insects.  I've been out to speak to her class and she is always so eager to learn and had really great questions.  She has started a blog- The Girl Who Loves Bugs- about insects and it's AMAZING!  I encourage you to follow her blog....I guarantee that you'll learn something!

I think it's fantastic that she is taking a passion and turning it into a learning tool for others.  I wish that I was that ambitious when I was her age...instead I was busy throwing spiders at my brother.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Cockroaches in the house...should you worry?

For the past couple of weeks when I would go into the bathroom at night and turn on the light I would see tiny cockroaches scurrying about.  It also happened one morning when the boy was with me and he was very upset when I rinsed the roach down the bathroom sink.

The boy- "MOMMY! We should have taken it outside and let it go!"
Me- "It's okay, cockroaches commonly live in sewers so it's going to be reunited with other cockroaches."
The boy- "Really? They live in sewers?"
Me- "Yes.  When I was in college working on cockroaches I used to trap all my roaches from the sewer.  I would get jars full of them overnight."
The boy- "Oh, okay."

So why am I not panicked that cockroaches are taking over my house?  Well for one, anyone who knows me knows that I have a fondness for cockroaches so I don't panic when I see them.  They rank from being cute to a mild annoyance to me.  Secondly, I've identified them as American cockroach nymphs and I know that they are coming in the house looking for water because it has been so dry outside.  If I really cared about them being in the house, I could go up in the attic and screen off any vent openings where they might be coming into the house, clean out our gutters (which probably would be a good ideas to do for other reasons as well) and stuff the weep holes with copper mesh.  Our screens are already in good shape- hubby fixed that last month and the weather stripping around doors and windows is also good.  I could also have the hubby go up and dust the attic or do a foundation spray around the house, but I'd rather not.

What do you do when you find a cockroach in the bathroom late at night?