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Roaches!...and not the good kind

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1. Posted by CanadaBoi (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y

Ok, I recently got to thinkin about bugs. And as i will be in Cairns heading south starting in October I was wondering what the cockroach situation is in the hostels and whatnot. I mean i am not a big bug fan, well thats putting it lightly. I can handle most of em with a little class but when it comes to roaches (and the grand canadian june bug) I tend to scream like a little girl, strip all my clothes off and run in circles and of course head for the highest ground i can find. Yes, its quite a sight, but again are they rampant or what?!

2. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

Queenland is the worst for roaches, those suckers get so big you can throw a saddle on them and ride 'em. I suggest you start planning some therapy to help you get by. There are worse along the coast than inland and generally get a bit smaller as you go south.
That said, most Aussies don't like them and do all they can to keep them at bay.

3. Posted by DanniB (Full Member 56 posts) 10y

"roaches... and not the good kind" - is there a good kind of roach??

suggest stepping on any you see.

4. Posted by LUV4DMB (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

haha...have you seen the Weta?!!? This thing looks like a giant potato bug/cricket. They get so big that they radio collar them!! I'm not kidding. http://www.xcluder.co.nz/waitomo.htm

That info probably didnt help...but just try to remember that you are waaaay bigger than them and they are probably more scared of you. unless they start chasing u, then run!! Also, they don't exist in OZ anymore...only NZ...where I'm going! :( I'm mostly just freaked out by spiders though :)

5. Posted by Jay_9 (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

This thing looks like a giant potato bug/cricket. They get so big that they radio collar them!! I'm not kidding. http://www.xcluder.co.nz/waitomo.htm

Oh my good god, you are kidding arnt you?? Whats that thing on his hand? You wouldnt really see one unless you went out looking for one.... would you??

6. Posted by LUV4DMB (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Oh my good god, you are kidding arnt you?? Whats that thing on his hand? You wouldnt really see one unless you went out looking for one.... would you?? [/quote]

Unfortunately I'm NOT kidding....but I'm sure they mostly stay away from people....i hope! :) I really hope I don't see one...beats the poisonous snakes, spiders, centipedes that I had to deal with in Africa though :) I HATE spiders! ---unless they're little and those are cute :)

7. Posted by CanadaBoi (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y

Ok why are they preventing those things from extinction!? Serious?! That is ludacris. And yes there is a good kind of roach, but its related to a previous thread I started. I hope that I don't have to spend too much time killin these things or running as they come after me, haha. I guess if it becomes a problem i will just have to sedate myself and not worry about it and keep telling myself, "SELF! would u rather be goin to school in the dead of winter back in Canada?!". I will take the bugs over that anyday!

8. Posted by LUV4DMB (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

"SELF! would u rather be goin to school in the dead of winter back in Canada?!". I will take the bugs over that anyday!

haha! that's an excellent way to look at it!