Dealing with Cockroaches!

Ahimsa might be a wonderful policy but it is certainly not my policy when it comes to cockroaches and mosquitoes. Since I have already established myself as an accomplished mosquito killer, (through my posts Killing spree, R is for Revenge, and SoCS – Zz) I thought I would share my experiences with cockroaches. Don’t get me wrong – I have never been the kind of person who is brave enough to pick them by their legs and toss them out unlike most of my family. I am the kind of person who is brave enough, provided the cockroach is at a ‘safe’ distance and not airborne. Once it goes airborne or approaches too close for comfort, I inadvertently tend to scream, flail my arms around or jump to a safe distance! Whenever this happens, Ajay just rolls his eyes and tells me, “Remember they are more scared of you than you are of them”. But believe me, that doesn’t help. Not really. Not when your brain goes into the fight-or-flight mode.

There are a few things more horrifying than that nasty sound you hear when you accidentally step on an unsuspecting cockroach. Oh wait, there is something that’s even more horrible – cleaning up the mess afterward. That, and that nasty feeling when a cockroach crawls up your body. Just the very thought makes me shiver in disgust. My house is usually cockroach-free. But occasionally, these nasty creatures rear their ugly heads. It beats me how they manage to get any food. I am a neat freak and I do my best to ensure that there are no exposed leftovers. But then we are talking about the sort of creature that can live without its head for nearly a week, and even survive nuclear radiation. Surely, such problems call for bigger countermeasures.

Staying alone, especially during the nationwide lockdown last year, has forced me to develop certain survival skills. My father has always been an advocate of picking live cockroaches by their legs and tossing them out into the wilderness. Of course, they almost always end up crawling back into our home at a later date only to be killed by someone other than him. I am not so kind like him. For a long time, I believed in the power of naphthalene balls and other substances that claimed to keep cockroaches away. But that ended the day I saw a cockroach crawling over the very substances in question. That’s when I adopted the more drastic approach of the killer spray.

I am proud to report that I have become somewhat adept at wielding the spray with unerring accuracy. I spray it just long enough to ensure that my target has been hit. I wait long enough (probably much more than what’s necessary) to ensure that the cockroach is really dead. Then I go on a search for a piece of paper to pick it up and give it the funeral it deserves – into the garbage bin. Yes, the very thought of the cockroach (though dead) touching my fingers makes me squeamish. And I prance around in the afterglow of a successful cockroach murder…that is until I see another one escaping into a nook before I can “deal” with it.

But every time I have to employ the spray, I do worry about the potential harm I am wrecking on the environment. But the thought of cockroaches crawling over my home and bringing in unwanted illnesses shakes me out of that train of thought. And I sigh and let it go. Cockroaches, at least the ones that happen to be in my house, have to be killed, for the sake of my sanity.

The fear of roaches is called Katsaridaphobia. Well, call me katsaridaphobic, but I most certainly would go to extreme lengths to keep these nasty creatures far away from my home!

So are you brave enough when it comes to cockroaches? Please tell me I am not the only one with the compulsive urge to kill these creatures on sight.

Do you have any tips on how to deal with these nasty creatures?

I would love to hear about what you have to say about this post and your experiences with cockroaches. Do drop a comment or two and let me know what you think.

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97 thoughts on “Dealing with Cockroaches!

  1. I am definitely in your camp on this phobia. The first time I saw a flying cockroach (palmetto bugs) I freaked out. Like you that can of killer spray was my best friend. I dislike crawling insects as a whole but roaches and centipedes ewwww

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    1. Hi5!
      I know, right! They disgust me. Flying cockroaches are the worst. You never know how close they are going to fly or where they are going!
      I am not so scared of centipedes. But luckily, we don’t get a lot of those over here.

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  2. You could be my twin soul when it comes to cockroaches. Thank goodness that our current home is free of these pests because we periodically get it sprayed by the pest control people, inside and outside.

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    1. Glad to know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Pest control is the best way to deal with these critters, I feel. Thanks to the lockdown spells, I haven’t been able to do that in a long time. Hopefully, I’ll be able to control and eliminate it.

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  3. Haha πŸ˜„ 🀣 πŸ˜‚
    Peace was never an option πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
    I don’t like them either but I am of if not ‘baygon(killer spray brand) than it is paragon(footwear brand)’ category πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    But the real disgust and fear I feel from “lizards”, man they creep me out and like cockroach there is no option for them

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    1. Baygon or paragon. That seems like a great way to deal with them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Peace is not an option at all.
      There’s no way to deal with lizards. If you do anything, they might just drop their tails and go running. They don’t creep me out but whenever I see their droppings somewhere, I feel so frustrated. Fortunately for me, we don’t get a lot of lizards here.


  4. Oh my god! This very post is giving me jittery feeling. I am soooo scares of cockroaches. Like I literally hate them. Honestly I do try to use spray on them if they dont have wings. But that too I can’t do properly as I just can’t go near them. I don’t know why do we even need such a creature on Earth. Like why? They are sooo creepy.

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    1. Sorry about that! I hate them too. I can’t stand the sight of them, especially in my house. I know right! I really don’t know why the exist other than to creep us out.


  5. 🀣🀣 I can relate to this greatly. I too go on a search for paper after it’s killed. But, I didn’t know that they can survive napthalene balls.

    I have one more to my hate list… the house lizards! I’d be grateful if someone could share a working tip to get rid of them. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Haha. Hi5, Anisha. I didn’t imagine that either but napthalene seems to be doing me no good.
      Unfortunately I don’t have any tips to get rid of lizards. Once my mom bought this machine that claimed to get rid of lizards but it emitted such a nasty sound that we had to stop using it. So I can’t really say whether it was effective or not!

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      1. Hi5 Shweta! πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

        We’ve tried garlic sprays and peacock feathers to get rid of them. But, none helped! They’re certainly nasty creatures.

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      2. I very much appreciate your time and effort for finding a link, Shweta. Thanks a ton!

        Pepper spray is an option I’ve considered already. My mom just doesn’t let me spray it on the walls. We have quite a lot of paintings that hang and they’ve become comfortable hideouts for the lizard family.

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      3. It’s no trouble, Anisha. You’re more than welcome.

        Oh. Those can turn out to be very cosy hideouts indeed. Hopefully you’ll be able to find some other alternative in the link.

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    2. Cry , feel disgusted, some more cry , wish them to leave the room and then leave the room by yourself πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ only way to get rid of lizard , tried and tested by me

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  6. I am absolutely terrified of them and am constantly shining a flashlight into closets and cabinets to make sure none are lurking. I’ve heard that you shouldn’t leave a dead one in the trash in your house ~ others can smell it and may want to come to the funeral. Take it outside to a main trash bin!

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    1. I can relate to that, Paula. I’m paranoid when it comes to cockroaches too. I didn’t know that we shouldn’t leave a dead one in the trash. And now I have an answer as to how I’m finding so many at once!

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  7. That was a fun read…
    I use to have such fears with roaches but somehow seems I have become more tolerant to them, may be when I realized that cockroach will survive nuclear war…hahaha.
    I now have the same scary feelings about lizards, I cant stand them at all. Their crawls and sight give me shivers.

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    1. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Wow! So you’ve managed to outgrow the fear. More power to you!
      For me, it’s the other way round. Lizards don’t creep me out but cockroaches most certainly do. Oh those and spiders. But I don’t want either of them in my house.


    1. I wish! Sometimes those bloody creatures run away before I can hit them with the spray. I hope I can find their nest and destroy them! Revenge shall be mine but it’ll have to wait till the next weekend.

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    1. I’m much older than you and I still react like that too πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚
      It’s hard not to panic when it flies towards you! I totally get you, Rishika. You’re not alone.


    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚
      Ever since I left my house uninhabited for over a month, things seem to have gotten out of hand slightly. So I’m a little late for prevention. Have to work extra hard at control and elimination now πŸ˜‚

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  8. I’m a little scared of cockroaches but don’t feel the urge of killing them. I just move them aside or take them on a paper and throw them out. Nice post! relatable.

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    1. I would say that you are very brave indeed. Most of the time I approach a cockroach like that, it starts flying or climbing up on me. And well, that freaks me out!
      Glad to know that you enjoyed this post. Thanks, Aashi πŸ˜ƒ


  9. I am not afraid of them. (I have learnt to be brave because my daughters are scared to death). I wield the trusted broom. I give it a few whacks and once they are incapacitated, I maneuver deftly to place them on the said broom and toss them out! That is my strategy!

    On a different note, I am dead scared of rats!

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    1. I guess you were forced to be brave. But kudos to you. Whenever I go in search of my broom, the cockroach vanishes by the time I get back. So I’ve got to act fast πŸ˜‚

      I’m not scared of rats per se but I don’t want them in my house. The thought of them living in your house is enough to give you the jitters.


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