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jzdurbin
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Moving to St. Croix soon, and I was wondering: how common are these? Would a house in the mountains be worse than a place on the beach? How likely am I to find some roaches/spiders/scorpions in my house on a weekly to monthly basis?

Also, is there a way to attract the lizards so they eat all the bugs? I am quite fond of lizards, I could have several living in my house, no problem.

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Topic starter Posted : February 3, 2009 10:04 am
speee1dy
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cats like to eat spiders and roaches, or at least play with them till they are dead. they also like to leave you mice and rats for a special treat. i have not seen scorpions so dont know about that. i think in any tropical place no matter how clean you are you will find a roach or two once in awhile. i dont think there is a need to attract lizards as they are every where

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Posted : February 3, 2009 11:07 am
chefnoah
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I'd say if you're on the ground level you have to worry more. Lizards are good..and thrive everywhere. Roaches yes, spiders yes, scorpions....none that I've seen. Didn't mention centipedes tho. I was bit by a centipede my 3rd week on island. I hate them.

If you have walls and some sort of plants you'll have lizards to help with ants and bugs.

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Posted : February 3, 2009 11:11 am
Lizard
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HEY!

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Posted : February 3, 2009 1:25 pm
Betty
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If you live on the beach you will have to deal with mice/rats more then centipedes.

If you do nothing you will see them. You must keep your kitchen spotless with nothing left out to try to avoid sugar ants. Cearal, bread, spices all go in the fridge.

Pay a bug service $30 a month and they will keep it under control. Nothing they can do about mosquitos (unless you have a couple of grand) or millepedes.

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Posted : February 3, 2009 1:53 pm
no0ne
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For sugar, cereal, spices, etc. we used Tupperware-like containers.

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Posted : February 4, 2009 2:35 am
Betty
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You were lucky I and others I know had ants get in tupperware. If I have to leave something like that out, I place it in a platter or bowl of water, so they die before they make it to the promise land.

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Posted : February 4, 2009 2:57 am
cruzkandy
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For sugar, cereal, spices, etc. we used Tupperware-like containers.

I do this also.....i prefer Lock & Lock containers......those are the bomb in keeping stuff fresh and keeping things out

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Posted : February 4, 2009 2:38 pm
islandjoan
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I've seen ants make it across the moat and survive!

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Posted : February 4, 2009 2:48 pm
bethburnett70
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For a while here in the rain forest, the ant problem was so bad, we had to stop using our five gallon water jug and crock, because the ants infiltrated it. We haven't had a big rat problem up here, once saw a little mouse in the place... my stupid cat caught it, dropped it into one of my sandals, the mouse ran out of the toe of my sandal and out the door while the cat had her head stuck in the heel and the cat spent the rest of the night running in circles around my sandal, looking for the mouse. We get lots and lots of lizards in the house, but unfortunately, the cats eat them, so they don't last long... we sometimes get frogs, I scoop them up and throw them out, because I know some are poisonous to pets, but I don't know the difference. Big tree roaches, some centipedes and LOTS AND LOTS of these HUGE spiders, kind of brownish with orange heads... I mean huge... really huge. I haven't been bit by one, so I don't know if they are poisonous, but they tend to stay in the rafters and as long as I don't find them lower than the ceiling, I let them live because they eat mosquitos and I hate mosquitos more than any other bug in the world!

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Posted : February 4, 2009 8:22 pm
speee1dy
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beth your spiders sound creepy

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Posted : February 4, 2009 8:26 pm
bethburnett70
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They are very large, and kind of scary looking. And they move as fast as centipedes. Ick.

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Posted : February 4, 2009 8:28 pm
Juanita
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Are they only in the rain forest? I'll stay down at almost sea level, thank you!

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Posted : February 4, 2009 8:57 pm
no0ne
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Beth, was it like this

They are not poisonous.

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Posted : February 5, 2009 1:03 am
aschultz
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All spiders have venom.

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Posted : February 5, 2009 4:18 am
no0ne
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All spiders have venom.

Yes and most will not cause you to die.

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Posted : February 5, 2009 4:19 am
aschultz
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right

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Posted : February 5, 2009 4:23 am
aschultz
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I think the brown recluse is the worst spider there. No black widow right.

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Posted : February 5, 2009 4:28 am
bethburnett70
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NoOne, I have seen that spider up here before, but the ones we get all of the time are more solid colored, I think. I will have to wait until next time I see one closer to the ground and take a picture of it.

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Posted : February 5, 2009 10:23 am
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