Roaches are a problem in this country. I've seen some really big ones in my house since I've moved here, and the kids love to reminisce about some of the times I've screamed upon finding a roach (well, mostly they loved my reaction when I found a big one in the back of their paper-stuffed desk). But I've found that if I use traps sold in the U.S. (brought to me by my parents when they visit--thanks, Mom!) I can keep them under control.
But lately we had a big issue with roaches. I don't know if it was the rain, but they got bad. And let me tell you, it sure has tested my commitment to more natural solutions. Because part of me just wanted to call in the guy with the scary chemicals to blast them all. (And, let's face it, at some point that's what I'd have to do.) But thankfully I've had some days now without any sightings or early-morning roach killings. It seems as though the traps placed everywhere, along with borax sprinkled on my counter at the back edge, along with borax and sugar water-soaked cotton balls stuffed in random places, along with trying to keep the counters very wiped, along with prayer that God would get rid of our roaches--has actually paid off. I did not have to call in the chemical guy!
It was a very embarrassing problem to have. I didn't ever want to be one of those houses where each dish and piece of silverware had to be washed before using (which is a common practice here), but I was becoming one.
So thankful to be not seeing roaches!