Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Bugs Won

We’ve been battling bugs ever since we bought this motorhome.  It was a used RV and it had been sitting on the lot for several months … in Florida.  At first we didn’t see any bugs – I’m sure they did some heavy duty spraying as part of the cleanup process for sale.  But, within a month, they started appearing.  We’re Floridians, we’re used to bugs – but we didn’t like it. 
These weren’t little ants – they were roaches.  Not the huge Palmetto bugs, but the smaller German roaches.  We were hoping that traveling to more northern areas of the country would convince them to leave us – but they are a hardy bunch.  These are well-traveled roaches now. 
They would disappear for a while, and we congratulated ourselves on our bug-killing efforts.  But they always came back.
This week, after coming back to Fort Lauderdale from Peace River – they exploded.  I’ve never seen so many.  They have run us out of our own kitchen, we can’t eat there.  We have to go out.  We broke down and called an exterminator (Petri.)  They told us that, indeed, these type of bugs are impossible to eradicate with consumer products.  We’ve paid them $300 and they have to come 3 times. 
This is difficult to arrange because we are leaving on Thursday to head north.  We have our TechnoGeek Learning rally, then I’m taking a writing workshop with friends in Melrose, Florida, then we’ll be at the Roadtrek Technology and Camping Rally April 9-12.  We were thinking of continuing north after that … but we were also considering coming back to Fort Lauderdale for the end of April as well.  We’ve now surrendered our itinerary to the bugs and will definitely come back to get our second and third exterminator treatments!
The guy from Petri probably wondered why the question, “Do you have any pets?” turned me into a puddle of tears … but that made me think that Odie may have been the reason we never attacked these bugs with everything we could before.  They have no protector now.  Fire away.

8 comments:

Bill said...

Yuck!! Hopefully the pro will handle it once and for all.

Teri and Mark said...

They are the worst. Hope you win the war.

Tom Van de Bussche said...

It's bad enough to debug computers, now you have to debug your home on wheels:-(.

Steve and Karen said...

Best of luck guys. We're dealing with sugar ants right now, but our problem seems small compared to your problem.

Karen and Al said...

I wish we had known. Al has pest control business and could have helped you out!

The Tracys said...

Up North our friends have stink bugs...apparently there is no chemical that will do them in, they have to be removed by hand or vacuum...be careful or they will stink. It is a plague of Biblical proportions.

Unknown said...

So sorry to hear. We fought them in our FL house after moving a relatives things into our garage. Finally won after 6 months of treatments. But that was a 1900 sq ft house. You should do fine just make sure they spray everywhere. Make sure they get the basement good. Pray it works. Maybe you need to come to AZ and let the lack of moisture kill them :)

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