In collaboration with Mortein
I am not a lover of creepy crawlies.
My rule with bugs is if they stay outside in their natural domain, they can live. If they cross my threshold, they must die.
And don’t get all warm and fuzzy on me, or even practical – spiders keep the flies away blah blah blah. They can keep the flies away outside thank you very much.
If I stumbled into a bear’s cave and it decided to maul me to death, then fair’s fair I say. Then again, maybe I’ve just been watching a little too much Game of Thrones recently.
The war on bugs is fairly constant in our house, especially as the weather heats up.
The spiders that have been hibernating under the back deck all winter come out to party. No problem, I’ve got my Mortein spray can at the ready. It kills them, and keeps them out for six months, by which time it’s winter again.
It was clear the previous owners of our house had not been on top of arachnid maintenance at all. The first summer I did a spider clear out, the morning after I sprayed I counted at least 10 on the ground trying to escape. I put some heavy shoes on and squished them.
And if you’re feeling squeamish by now, you’re probably not from Australia. We have some of the most poisonous spiders in the world. (I would give you stats, but I just did a Google search and every page has horrible pictures of spiders on it and my skin is now feeling very crawly. So if you want to know more, just Google ‘dangerous spiders in Australia’ and you’ll understand.)
After posting on Facebook about our back deck Spring Spider Massacre of 2012, a friend commented to say she had just killed a redback spider that was crawling around in a bucket her kids were playing with on their back deck. Wikipedia has this to say about redback spider bites:
this starts with pain around the bite site, which typically becomes severe and progresses up the bitten limb and persists for over 24 hours.
I can’t let my kids play outside with that kind of risk.
Then there are the ants. They’re just nuisance value really but damn they are bloody annoying.
They do at least motivate me to keep a very clean house. A few crumbs left unattended under the kitchen table start writhing with tiny black bodies within ten minutes.
For a while we couldn’t figure out why there would be a trail of dead ants near the kettle every morning until we figured out they were trying to get to the toast crumbs in the toaster catchment tray. They got fried every time it was turned on.
We’ve had electricity switches broken because of swarms of ants. We had our whole house rewired (not because of the ants, but because it’s an old house with original totally unsafe wiring) last week and the electricians had to empty half a spray can of Mortein into the switchboard before they could get in to replace it: the ants had decided to build a nest in there.
And then there are the mozzies. A good mosquito repellent is an absolute must around here.
Son #1 has a nasty reaction to mozzie bites. Last January he had one that swelled up and became infected. We spent our Australia Day holiday in and out of the local ER and after hours doctors because it was so bad he couldn’t walk and the infection was resistant to the first lot of antibiotics he was given.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, mozzie-borne diseases, such as Ross River virus, which were traditionally a problem only in the tropics, are also marching their way south.
Mum arrived at our house last summer with a contraption which works brilliantly, especially when the kids manage to leave the sliding wire door open, which they do constantly.
It’s called Mortein NaturGard Auto Protect Indoor and it shoots a spray of mosquito repellent into the air at regular intervals. I just need to go and grab myself a refill for my unit.
There’s also an outdoor version which I intend to get ASAP.
So as you can see, when I was asked if I’d be interested in doing a post about Mortein’s range of products I had to laugh – I already have most of them in my pest control products arsenal.
What bugs do you battle with in your house?