Squashed Like a Bug

A Dead Bug - These things are very round and fat when they are alive, so this one, having been flattened out and dehydrated in the sun for a few days, is not all that scary any more. However, it still ranks high on my YUCK scale...how about yours?
@drannhh (15002)
United States
August 28, 2008 6:43pm CST
Here is a bug I don't mind seeing squashed. Met this critter on the way to the mailbox and put my keys down next to it to take this photo so you could all see the size of our Arizona water bugs. It is a kind of cockroach as you can see, but these love to swim up from the sewer and if we are away for a while it is possible to come back and find one floating in the toilet bowl. Yuck. I spread Epsom salts all around the base of any cabinets or wherever there is a crack they might think of trying to hide. What would you do if you saw one of these alive in the middle of the kitchen floor in the middle of the night? Scream? I did! Hubby was all like be quiet, you will wake up the neighbors, but as he was staring at the thing trying to decide the best way to catch it before it got behind the refrigerator or somewhere really difficult to get it out, I did what anybody with the same tool in her arsenal would have done, I dropped a heavy book on its creepy head. That distracted it long enough until hubby sprang back into action. What kind of bugs do you have where you live? Strategies do you have for coping with them? Got pictures? Go ahead! No? Please describe them, then, the best that you can:-)
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
I am lucky that the apartment building i live in is still quite new... so cockroaches are not that common... but i do see one from time to time... and when that happens... i always arm myself with a something to swat it... and insecticide just in case i goes under the fridge... that way i can just spray it out... and it will eventually die after a few minutes... Of all the bugs there is... i don't like cockroaches the most...
• United States
29 Aug 08
Here in florida the palmetto (palmetta) bug is so freakin' common. They come in after the rains,before the rains, anytime they dan* well please. My mom had Bamboo growing along the fence line in the backyard years ago and apparently that is asking for it as they breed there. Well they got up in the cieling of the florida room (sunroom) and bred and bred. Mom kept hearing a racket out there and called her brother in law to come look at it (stepdad had passed a year prior to this) and when Donald tore one of the cieling tiles out a thousand palmetto bugs started pouring out of the cieling. the entire cieling had to be ripped out and replaced. There were thousands of them up there. Mom was hearing them moving in the cieling out there. Fortunatly that cieling is not connected to the rest of the house cause the florida room was added on after the house was built.
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Thousands in the ceiling sounds eve worse than on the bathroom floor. I wonder if any horror movies have been filmed with those things? Ewwwwww!
• United States
30 Aug 08
gross huh? The bamboo is gone now needless to say.
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Every summer we get hit with ants. A friend who likes to keep her place really clean has ant problems too. Other people we know have them around this time. So it's not because we're slobs that we have ants. Ha! We actually try to keep the kitchen area devoid of crumbs. But speaking of cockroaches, I was at someone's house, standing on a chair, trying to get something from the top cabinet and when I opened it, something flew out and I saw at least three of them. I shut the cabinet door and told my friend. She wanted to see for herself and I begged her not to do so. She didn't believe me because she thinks there are no cockroaches in California. I became hysterical and started crying. I didn't even know I was scared of cockroaches. I haven't even asked my friend if she ever got them taken care of.
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I can personally attest to the fact that there are cockroaches in California, although I have never seen one in the home we have had for the past 25 years. Prior to that, however, for a brief time we lived in an apartment house that was converted from and old hotel. The kitchen drawers were connected though an airspace so that a bug in my neighbor's kitchen could come right over if we so much as opened a drawer. So I kept them tightly shut and put the tableware somewhere else. As for the ants, it is a constant struggle to keep them out, because the downstairs neighbor has a dog and leaves the food dish out. I think they like that! We have gotten good results with the Home Defense system, though. We bought it at Home Depot and before we leave after our vacation we spray all the door ways and window sills. If you see one or two ants, it is amazing how fast they can form a line and start marching in by the hundreds! Here in Arizona, we have never had ants in the house yet, but I have some acreage out in the country and they build huge mounds. Those are biting ants, too. I found that out when I got too close to them
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I once complained to a close friend about the summer parade of ants. She surprised me with her reply as I know she absolutely abhors ants since grade school. "Ants work during the summer to save for the rainy days." I think there's a lesson there for us human beings.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Heh, heh, heh, is that like the squirrels saving nuts for a rainy day? I was fascinated to learn that our Arizona ants actually mine certain gemstones, and bring the chips down from the mountains to insulate their mounds, sort of the way people use tile roofs. Next thing they will be building electrical generators out there in the sand.
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Reminds me of palmetta bugs here in FL. I hate those critters. i am terrified of them. the suckers get to be like 2 inches long and are aggressive! I have been chased by one and now the terrify me. They are fast and disgusting. They are black and are related to cochroaches too and look a lot like them only bigger and have a real hard armour too. It takes a lot to kill these creeps.
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Ewwww, cockroaches on steroids. Yes you call them palmetta and we call them water bugs, but it is still the biggest meanest cockroach I've ever seen. Yes, ours are darker too when they are alive. Mine in the photo had been lying out in the sun getting shriveled up and bleached out for a while before I even saw it...mercifully. Omg, I didn't know they could fly. If Coffeebreak really wants nightmares, she should check this out: http://www.whatsthatbug.com/cockroaches.html
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• United States
29 Aug 08
Oh yes they fly the nasty buggers. I have been trapped in the bathroom by my fear of this nasty bug I didn't see it on the cieling by the door till I was seated and well you know tahnkfully he went in the ac vent long enough for me to get out of there. Creepy nasty things.
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Wow, I am now more terrified of them than I was before. I have not yet seen one fly and hope I never do. I had nightmares for a week after trapping one right in the middle of my kitchen floor at 3 a.m. one morning when I went in to get a glass of water. Usually I walk in the dark, but this time my inner radar was screaming "bug" before I even got to the threshold and so I flipped the lights on before going in. The sudden bright lights stunned it for a minute, while I grabbed the first thing I could find to throw at it, a big mixing bowl, which landed like a dome over it, and this bug went running around and around while I pressed down hard on the bowl to keep it trapped and yelled for hubby to come rescue me.
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@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Cockroaches don't really like cold weather, thankfully. I was 26 when I moved to Texas and as I was moving into my apartment, I let out a HUGE scream. My friends came a-running, thinking I was being killed, I guess. But they laughed when they realized I was screaming about the stupid tree roach that was crawling on the wall. Texas grows big bugs and this thing looked like about 3 inches long to me. (It probably wasn't.) Tree roaches are known as such because they do hang out in trees, but then they dive bomb your head as you go by. Yuck. A few days after that, I heard a sound that seemed to be coming from the bathroom. I couldn't figure out how a burglar would have gotten in my front door and past me in the bedroom and why he would be in my bathroom. I turned on the light and the noise stopped. Turned it off and it started. I figured out that it was coming from the medicine cabinet, so it couldn't be human. There he was - a huge cockroach - eating a throat lozenge. I thnk I threw everything in the medicine cabinet out because I was so grossed out. Then a few weeks later, I had a brown grocery bag in my kitchen for the trash and something woke me up again in the middle of the night. Whatever it was, it was in that paper bag and making it jump all over the kitchen. I was sure it was a mouse. Nope. Another cockroach. I couldn't believe the noise that one stupid bug made. (It's not easy to wake me.) I never got used to the things. And I liked living in Florida much better. If you keep plenty of lizards in your yard in FL, you don't seem to have a bug problem. Now that I'm back in cold country, THOSE bugs aren't much of a problem. But we sure are having lots of cicada noises lately. My doggie was playing with one the other night - and was surprised when he put one in his mouth.
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I love lizards! We do have aw lot of them, too, and maybe that is why we don't see many bugs here. The only thing we get a lot of is crickets. I would have thrown everything out, too. A throatlozenge, now that is getting desperate!
@rustantl (258)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I also live in Florida with the cockroaches on steroids lol...One thing not mentioned is that they also fly....They love to dive bomb you...They are in fact very aggressive I can't stand them...Another annoying bug we have here but luckily only seasonal are love bugs...You want to talk about an annoying bug...Man when they are here they a think and stick to everything including you!!!!
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Is this the kind of bug you have? http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/lovebug_photo5.htm Those do look like they would stick to a person. Yuck!
• United States
29 Aug 08
I love the description lol I could almost picture it. I noticed a weird one here the other day. I tried to get a picture of it but with a camera phone it was not coming out very good so I gave up. It looked like a bee sort of. It was longer bodied than a bee It was red with black stripes and fuzzy like a bee. It had a be hinny but no stinger that I could see. The head looked more like an ant though without the antenna. I had never seen one before. It was not aggressive for I chased it all through the grass trying to get a picture. It was for sure weird looking to me. We also have those great big roach looking things. I hate those because I think they are roaches and I hate roaches. Plus they are like horror movie roaches great big eat your brains kind of roaches. Yuck!!
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Yeppers they are roaches. I have heard that they can live a year on the tiniest brain, rflmao. Wow, that red bee like thing sounds formidable. If you find a picture of anything close let us all see it. Bees are big enough!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Okay, I'll have night mares to night!!! But that reminds me of when I lived in western texas - out in the middle of nowhere. I was planting green beans and just minding my ownbusiness and digging up the ground and all when I looked down and there... crawling OVER MY FOOT was a trantula! I take that back... A HUGE TRANTULA SPIDER!!! I thought if that ever happened to me I'd scream bloody murder, but for some odd, odd reason, I looked at the spooky thing and just took my shovel and beat the living daylights out of it!!! I hear bug parts make great fertilizer!! Afterwards, I thought later..why didn't that scare me? I'd a thought it would, but guess we all react better than we might think in weird times! That last earthquake we had - 5.9 and I was only 8 miles from the epicenter and I stood there while my apt building swayed and rolled nad thought - "oh, this is really oddly cool! I can feel this sucker just a swayin' as tho it were in a wind storm..wow, nothing is falling and aboslutely no noise..." Okay, I'm weird!!
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Maybe it is because they are so hairy that tarantulas give us the creeps. I hear you have some pretty big scorpions our there too. We do here, but not so much in town. A guy out on the edge of town got his arm paralyzed by one though. He was gardening and picked up a rock and that thing was underneath and bit his finger. Another reason I do most of my gardening indoors.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
20 Mar 10
hi drannhh quite interesting to go through this post hehe, i don't like roaches as well, they are fast and creepy, i could pick them up by the antenna but i don't want it touch my hands eh yuch! and the roaches which can fly! they are disgusting, i especially hate the ones which can fly, lucky me i don't have many cockroaches in my home, i don't like to quash them coz it makes it messy lol, i would rather try to smack it gently or umm try to catch it with something and just get rid of it, it is not going to die falling from the first floor is it? wish it did! haha! i would not scream if i saw one but if it happens to crawl anywhere on my skin i am going to jump spontaneously lol! i can't think of any kind of bug crawling over me, i just don't want to even think about it ish! earlier we used to have rats too, but then, somehow they seemed to disappear somewhere, i guess our cat helped us a lot! anyways that leaves us with spiders and lizards lol, i hate spiders more that lizards, especially the big ones, i mean the ones with a thick stomach yuck! and yeah i hate them so much i would squash, squish, smash, smack, crush,.. whatever' hehehe... i hate spiders! and i would leave the lizards at peace, they don't do much harm, rather eat some of the annoying little bugs, well nothing can be done about that either hehe. well i have got no pictures of the crime scene hehe... anyways, glad to respond to your discussion :)
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
20 Mar 10
Hello! Such a nice response. Yes, YUCK on spiders. As for smacking it gently, these water cockroach things are near indestructible, and one really has to sort of cut them into pieces with a heavy scissors or something. You cannot kill them by stomping with a boot. Shudder. Fortunately, where I now live we do not have any of these.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
20 Mar 10
hi again oh are they that strong? hmmm makes me think, well maybe their shell is stronger to bear the pressure deep in the water like a submarine or something like that.
@gemini_rose (16194)
29 Aug 08
EWWWWYUCK!!! That is gross, it is things like this that make me glad I live in the UK. I know that we get some yucky bugs here but NOTHING compared to that, well not that I have come across anyway. It is horrible. I think the worst thing I get is spiders, this year we have had hundreds of really ugly big spiders compared to previous years, I think it is because it is so damp just lately. But they are bad enough for me!
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Wahoo, another good thing about the UK, as if the wonderful fish and chips (and kidney pie!) weren't enough. Those spiders worry me, though, as I have hardly any allergies, but am for some reason just awfully allergic to spider bites.
@gemini_rose (16194)
30 Aug 08
Oh yeah, fish n chips is definately one of the best things we offer. Seaside fish n chips is the best though, so lovely and fresh, and now my mouth is watering.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Ew hahaha yup i know cause i use to live in arizona those bugs are really huge there, especially those water bugs i use to see those and get really kreeped out haha.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Oh and i really hate to kill things, but i cant stand the site of roaches and certain bugs are so gross i get so freaked out when i see bugs like that i cant help it but i dont like to use those pesticides because i have a cat and im afraid he will get sick from it.
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Yes, I am adverse to killing things too, in general, but for these I will make an exception. Nothing that has been in the sewer needs to be crawling around in my home.
• United States
29 Aug 08
Ewwwwwww! I hate those things. We have them here in Texas, too. We have some pretty big ones around where we live. I turned on the kitchen light one morning, and saw something moving. At first, I thought it was a baby mouse,(we have a creek behind the house. Lots of mice out there, trying to get in the houses)I think it scared me more when I realized it was a water bug and not a mouse. I kid you not, this thing was the size of a baby mouse! I grabbed some Simple Green, or air freshner or something, from under the sink and chased the sucker down. He was big enough you could hear him running across the floor! My husband heard the commotion and came into the kitchen. I was standing there trying to make myself pick him up with a paper towel and throw him out the door. He grabbed the paper towel, (hubby, not the bug*L*) and threw him in the garbage can. We got something to spray around the baseboard, under the sinks and around the doors and windows. I am not sure what it is, but it is oderless, and is supposed to be safe around house hold pets and children. I haven't seen one since, but if I do, I will try to stay calm enough to grab the camera and take a picture of it. Yuck, yuck, yuck!
• United States
30 Aug 08
Whatever it was I sprayed on this one, stopped him long enough for hubby to squash him before he put him in the garbage can. That was my biggest problem. I didn't want to feel or hear that noise. Again, YUCK! My son, who is 6'5", and weighs about 280, squeals like a little girl when he finds one in the tub. You hear that squeal and you know exactly what it is. I keep telling him to turn the hot water on and scald it, but he says he's afraid it will come crawling up the side of the tub and fly at him, or something. He would kill me if he knew I was telling anybody this, but it is funny to see the way this big boy reacts to things like that.
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
30 Aug 08
Huge Beetle in Australia - This looks like a cockroach (a very BIG one), but has a hard outer shell. Someone told me it's a sugar cane beetle.
Yuck - it looks disgusting; it looks just like a cockroach. We have them here in Australia, but I think ours are bigger. We also have flying cockroaches which are even worse! I have posted a picture of a mighty big cockroach for you (it's about 2 inches long), that I came across when I was looking after a friend's house in the bush (everything is oversized there!) It looks like a cockroach, but it had a hard shell on it, as you can see, so I'm not sure what it is. Someone told me it looks like a sugar cane beetle. See what you think.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
30 Aug 08
This is a sugar cane beetle: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/IPM/admin/scbeetle.gif I am sure glad I haven't seen one of these things fly yet, but I sure do believe you. Mouse sized, that is what they are! Thanks so much for posting a photo!
@berrys (865)
• Singapore
29 Aug 08
I don't usually kill the bugs and other creatures that may happen to be in my house. Because before I was here, or before my house was built on this land, it could have been their home. My home could have destroyed theirs and they're just in need of a new habitat. So all I usually do when I find: spiders, lizards, ladybugs, dragonfly's, bees, frogs(we have a Koi fish pond)[frogs are attracted to ponds] and other creatures I just catch them in a reusable jar ( I use this jar to catch everything in my compound) and release them outside of my housing area. AS I feel their life span is shorter than mine and they have a right to live too.
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Hi, berrys, I would never kill a frog either, or a lizard, or any kind of beneficial bug, or even a snake, but sorry there are a few forms of insect life that I cannot abide and cockroaches are one of them. Mosquitoes are another as they spread very bad diseases and can cause great destruction to human lives.
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
29 Aug 08
Cockroaches - I get these cockroaches in my apartment the whole year round.
The bug that I encounter most in my apartment is the common cockroach, the type you see shown in the attached picture. These roaches mostly come in from the sewers and the rubbish chute. Sometimes, during rainy season, they can also fly in from the outside. When they appear in my home unannounced, they are almost certain to bring out some screams from the people living here. Unfortunately for these roaches, they will have to deal with me, and my wife can tell you that I am a ruthless executioner of roaches. My secret weapon? A simple pair of rubber bands, which in my hands are deadlier than any insecticide available in the market. I am quite a sharpshooter and if they have a rubberband shooting competition in the Olympics, I will be a frontrunner for a medal surely!! For the record, for every 10 cockroaches that come visiting, only one will get to leave alive. The rest will get a royal send-off when they are flushed down the toilet bowl after they first get a taste of my deadly rubberbands.
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