Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “back of the fridge.” Write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the phrase “back of the fridge.” Enjoy!
Back to the future! Maybe one day, in the future, I’ll hire and exterminator for the waterbugs, aka American cockroaches, like I threaten to do often. I have no problem taking spiders, moths, or beetles outside in a cup. Who knows why the waterbugs creep me out so much. Maybe they freaked my mom out and she passed it on to me like her red hair and soft green eyes.
I haven’t hired an exterminator in spite of frequent threats (like the bugs can hear me), because I think the exterminator chemicals will be toxic to more than bugs. I do have termite contract, but that’s different. They don’t spray.
How does this relate to the prompt? I have to keep all food in the refrigerator, unless it’s canned or tightly wrapped. That includes bananas and the butternut squash they’ve been gnawing on. Gross, I know. If I lived in the mountains, it would not be an issue since I don’t leave food out or open for the smaller German cockroaches. But here in the sub-tropical south, the bigger cousins are prolific. Climate change may be a factor in their abundance, too. I found some old diatomaceous earth and spread it around their pathways. Last night, I put some peppermint out on cotton balls (where Marley can’t reach) along with the citrus spray. The cedar oil spray works, but the smell is awfully strong.
We are now approaching the time of year when a few bugs will come in from the cold, but mostly they die back until late spring. What a relief. I’m determined to leave no food available so maybe they will go back outside and stay there.
“Back to the howling old owl in the woods,” as Elton John sang in “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Do owls eat bugs? The song says something about them hunting the toads.
As for the toads and frogs, I hope they make it “Back to the River. Back to the Forest!” as Elliot encouraged them in E.T. I love it when the other kids in the classroom start chanting:
“Back to the River. Back to the Forest!“
And then there’s Galadriel telling Sauron to go “back to the void from whence you came!” I think that’s what she’s saying. Perhaps I shall tell that to the nameless ones if they come in through the tiny cracks.
Yeah. Galadriel. The ultimate exterminator. No, that was Frodo. And Sam. They all played a part.
(I just realized that I blatantly misread this prompt as back to the frig, but it was supposed to be “back of the fridge,” which makes more sense as a prompt. Oh well. I must have needed a laugh and Galadriel’s power.)
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October 8, 2022 at 10:00 am
One of winter’s great blessings beside rest, is the retreat of bugs! [I primarily find bugs interesting, but I too have some that make my skin crawl.]
October 8, 2022 at 8:45 pm
Thanks for relating. I would like to fine bugs more interesting.
October 8, 2022 at 11:52 am
One thing I learned from my friend is to store things in the microwave! It is pretty air tight and bugs can’t get in, I don’t think…Well, when you cook something it would probably kill them anyhow. I never had to deal with cockroaches until living in FL. They are disgusting. I use those bate traps that they supposedly eat the stuff inside and die. I slip them right under the appliances. One day I will move the appliances and there will be a bunch of traps and a bunch of dead bugs…Well, I hope not.
October 8, 2022 at 8:57 pm
Thanks for the tips. I have a couple of those bait things, but they’re for small bugs. I hope if you have to move your appliances, the bugs died somewhere else.
October 8, 2022 at 9:16 pm
Luckily I have only seen three in almost the year we’ve been here. One was dead. I spray under my stove with that 12-month control spray. I hate bugs. I am an arachnophobe. I tried everything including counseling but that one is the worst.
October 8, 2022 at 9:20 pm
That’s cool that you tried counseling for arachnophobia. I’ve occasionally thought if I studied and understood roaches better… but no, not willing to look at pictures even. Maybe I’ll try the 12 months spray in the spring.
October 8, 2022 at 9:24 pm
To be totally honest I was having spider nightmares to the point that I wasn’t getting any good sleep. The counseling helped a bit, for some kinds of spiders, but there are certain ones that if I start thinking about it I start having close to a panic attack. People used to think it was funny to show me pictures or scare me with them. Now most people I know take me seriously at least.
October 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm
I’m sorry people thought it was funny to scare you. Some things are better not to think about. I’m glad the counseling helped with some spiders. I like to thank them for catching other bugs, like mosquitoes.
October 10, 2022 at 10:03 am
That is why I have the mindset that if I don’t look for them I won’t find them and they can live and do their job. Outside!
October 8, 2022 at 1:35 pm
It’s amazing how our eyes could see a word and interpret it as another as you did in replacing “to” for “of.” Well, so be it! May Mother Gaia forgive me, but I have no love for cockroaches and give thanks that I no longer have to battle with them as I did in Fortaleza/Brazil. I shudder at the memory of one crawling over my face while I slept.
October 8, 2022 at 9:08 pm
I shudder at your memory, too, and would probably be calling an exterminator with that one. Mother Gaia is reasonably forgiving, I think.
October 8, 2022 at 1:49 pm
Waterbugs and roaches? Eccch… Haven’t seen many waterbugs, but roaches wander in frequently. I saw Molly playing with one the other day…
October 8, 2022 at 9:11 pm
Mama Cat occasionally enjoys playing with them, but she is not very aggressive. We used to have a dog named Beep who would attack them. We still say, “Get that bug, Beep,” though she’s crossed over the bridge.
October 8, 2022 at 11:05 pm
When we had many more cats than one, if a palmetto bug (one of those big cockroaches) got into the house, they’d chase him around, catch him, tear one leg off, and let him go. I’d finally stomp the thing to put it out of its misery, and all the cats would look at me like “Hey! We wuz playin wif dat!”
October 9, 2022 at 9:07 pm
Lol. Yep. cats are like that. Thank you for showing mercy to the palmetto bug which I call waterbugs.
October 8, 2022 at 4:00 pm
The best SoC post is when it’s off kilter. I really enjoyed this. I hope the cold or the frogs or the owls gobble up this bugs.
October 8, 2022 at 9:18 pm
Thank you very much, Dan. I feel better knowing you enjoyed this. We do hear owls outside sometimes, so anything’s possible. 🙂
October 10, 2022 at 10:26 am
Yeah, roaches freak me out too.
October 11, 2022 at 8:39 pm
I wonder if we freak them out.
October 12, 2022 at 7:14 am
I think the light freaks them out. They run for cover when the lights come on.