Oh, Orkin Man!

Last week, Jason opened a cabinet door and a GIANT black cockroach (probably a full size American Cockroach) jumped out and landed on him. Eeeek! Then it fell to the floor and ran really, really fast to hide from us. Mike found it the next day and was able to kill it. Unfortunately, any roaches we have found in the past have died quickly on their own. This one was still going strong. Time to call in the pest control guys to have a roach free house!

This morning, I found a small ant-like bug with wings. Immediately, I was convinced it was a termite. Yeah, paranoid, that’s me. Paranoia can be a good thing though. Thanks to the internet, I’ve since learned that it was just a winged ant (the wings, pinched body – like a wasp, and elbowed antennae were all present), but I’m still going to look in to that too, people have tell me I can find out how to kill pests at

Then there are the wasps outside on our patio. They seem to be constantly hovering around a ceiling fan out there, as if their nest is inside the ceiling behind the fan. Great. Either that or they are trying to cool off in the Texas heat!

I’m tired of playing hostess to the insects of Houston. Go away bugs! Go away! You’re gross and nasty and I don’t want you here!

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

6 replies on “Oh, Orkin Man!”

Watch out for those winged ants. They could be carpenter ants, which cause as much, if not more, damage as termites. Save some of their little corpses for the pest control guy and he’ll tell you if they are carpenter ants. We had a minor influx of them that had to be treated. Luckily they had not yet made a nest.

The big American roaches come in from outside, and then go back outside. In other words, if you see a HUGE roach in your house, it doesn’t mean you have an infestation. If you see a little roach (i.e. a German roach) in your house, it means you probably do have an infestation. Unless you just brought it into the house yourself in a grocery bag or cardboard box.

you don’t even wanna know how big bugs in Hawaii get. 1 1/2 inches? We call that *small*. And the spiders can be as big as your hand. Wasps, though- now those freak me out. Anything that can sting you and keep going is not to be messed with.

For roaches, there’s a Japanese foam spray kind of like silly string that you shoot at them and it encases them.

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