Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Andy's Ark

So this morning on the bathroom floor there was a cockroach that was -- I kid you not -- larger than Saturday night's mouse. Needless to say I did not get down on my hands and knees to take pictures of this one.

He was Hoovered into eternity.

10 comments:

Matthew said...

Generally, the vaccum is enough to suffocate the little darlings. However, if it survived, it will probably be able to live in your vaccum bag for a long time without dying. Plenty of yummy bug food in there. I recommend leaving the vaccum running for a while, just to make sure it can't breathe.

Andy said...

Hmm, based on the horrible noise it makes when it sucks up a penny, I was hoping there was a fan or something in there that would have made cockroach puree.

How long does it take for a cockroach to suffocate? (I also have the world's loudest vacuum cleaner; not sure my neighbors would want it on for a long time at 6 a.m.)

Julia said...

I used to spray them with hairspray, which would kill them and make them stiff at the same time.

Andy said...

I'm not wasting my good spray-gel on a cockroach.

Jess said...

Don't take any chances. It could be a pregnant cockroach. Toss the vacuum bag!

Andy said...

I found some boric acid under the sink, so I vacuumed up a pile of that. Hopefully that does the trick.

Trickish Knave said...

My wife uses half a can of raid on each one she finds, although thanksfully we don't have many of them in our apartment. Her last trophy roach was the typical Hawaiian flying roach that has been livng off of the filth in the trash chute.
Thank God you don't have centipedes. The bastards out here get so long that you swear they were snakes. I find that a Bic and a can of Lysol work well on them.

Matthew said...

Dude, you've got some serious rodent/bug issues going on in that apartment!

Maybe a large-scale de-bugging by professionals is in order? I mean, a cute little mouse is one thing, but a fucking mutant-sized cockroach? Um, no.

Call the bug killers!

(on a serious note: is this a relatively common problem in New York City?)

Andy said...

Mice and cockroaches are pretty unavoidable in Manhattan. Actually I'm quite fortunate; I only noticed the first mouse about a year ago, and I've lived in this place for over 9 years. They are a minor nuisance. I see cockroaches maybe a couple times a year, which for NYC is amazing. The BIG scary ones...I've seen two since I've lived in this place.

Anono.Blogger said...

Brings complete new meaning to "houseguest" :-)