I try and try to be kind to all creatures (roaches, spiders, flies, ants and mice are exceptions), but when they take up residence in my home, I have a hard and fast rule about that....they have to go.......by hook or by crook.
I am spending most of my days cleaning my home (both inside and outside) and there hasn't been any time for preparing decent meals recently. I've been using mostly salads, sandwiches and takeaway.
Okay so I open the pantry door yesterday to reach for the matches to make a quick meal, and I saw a sudden movement on one of the shelves, and when I focused in that area I saw a tail.....WHAT?????
Immediately, I was in "mad woman jamming" mode. Started removing every item from the shelf in the pantry, and I discovered Squatter numero uno....what we here call a "white lizard" ....common house gecko.....Hemidactylus mabouia.
Now as far as I know geckos are supposed to run along walls and eat any bugs they may find and chill out on patios at night eating more bugs and flying insects that frequent the patio light....not hang out on the third shelf of my pantry....YICK!!
Hiding behind the box of Glucose and the box of gelatin in the corner.
Thankfully most of the items on that shelf reside in glass jars and bottles, so there was no contamination.
Why on earth would he/she take up residence in my pantry...of all the crazy things to do....they know I don't like them in the house. The patio is fine, but not inside the house.
Okay, so what's a girl to do? There was no way that Mr.Gecko was going to come running out on his own. I didn't want to take the chance of having him run amok on the other shelves....soooooo...
I picked up my handy arsenal.....a can of BOP, a local insecticide spray and sprayed....Mr. Gecko came crawling right out and jumped down on the floor and headed straight for the open kitchen door.
Well done.....at least I didn't have to go through the ritual of jumping around and squealing as it darted here there and everywhere.
There is an old wives tale here that states that if these lizards jump on your skin, they have to be surgically removed or burnt off. They do have suction cups on their toes which allow them to run all over the walls upside down. I have no interest in testing the old wives tale however.
As if the gecko were not enough, I am now seeing a lot more of these....
Household case bearing moth larvaeA small tiny reddish worm enclosed in a white oval cocoon with a hole on each end.
They move by extending their heads from the cocoon body and pull themselves forward inching their way along.
Apparently they are found in homes worldwide and feed on natural animal fibres like pet hair, dust, paper, lint, upholstered furniture etc.
They turn into moths eventually so my research tells me, but I don't recall seeing any small moths knocking around.
I see them mostly in my garage but now they seem intent on migrating to the inside of the house.....I guess because Brownie lives indoors and he does shed....that must be their cue...welcome to the Pet Hair Cafe.
I will have to vacuum more often and I will be getting these additional squatters under control before they take over.
Recently, I have been using a disinfectant to clean my floors but I think I will be returning to a diluted bleach solution.
I can ill afford to have squatters on my property....I would prefer if they paid for their room and board and agreed to other household terms and conditions.
Today I prepared the lunch that I had put on hold yesterday after dealing with the squatters.
Steamed potato wedges with a veggie stew made from salted cod fish, bok choy, red kidney beans and lots of fresh herbs from the garden.....delish.