advice on spiders, roaches and scorpions
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.
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
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.
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.
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!