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11. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I lived just outside Tokyo and all summer there were cockroaches in my apartment. It is not so humid in Hokkaido so you may be ok there. It's only through the summer that there are really around and you can do a lot to prevent them from entering your place.

Whatever doesn't kill you just makes you stronger. We don't have them here in Canada

12. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Um..that is a myth that there are none in Canada- they can live in houses, or they can overwinter in the ground and essentially hibernate. The "German" cockroach is the most common type in Canada- ( I didn't make that up)....

13. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting ghostdog

We don't have them here in Canada

U bloody well do.;)
When I lived in Canada, in a student appartment building, exterminators used to come in, to get rid of them. Although, they dont seem to grow nearly as big, as the ones I saw in Asia and S. America.

Why are the cockroaches called German cockroaches, Canadaguy?

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 7, 2007, at 2:49 AM by Mel. ]

14. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am not sure- can't really find the answer to that online, but they apparently come from Asia, just are called german --

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

They come from Asia, live in Canada, but are still called German cockroaches.
What are the other types of cockroaches called? Are there French ones, and Greek ones also, that maybe also come from Asia?

16. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am far from an expert here- but apparently there arre thousands of different species of cockroaches---- with obviously many differnt names... I'm sure if you are that interested in them (why I don't know) you can find a lot more information.

17. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Haha Mel and Kate. I'm sure all this talk about stomping roaches and laying eggs is going to help Cornelius with his roach fear LOL!

Cornelius - I know they are less of a problem in Kyoto but as in most of Asia, there are many bugs in the cities. If you were staying in a hotel you'd be fine as they take care of the problem but seeing how you're going to be in Japan for a year I'm guessing you'll be renting out an apartment? Another way to combat your fear is to find somewhere to stay outside the cities or in a smaller city. Honestly, I didn't encounter any roach problems inside buildings in Tokyo although I've heard about them. The roaches are probably more of a problem in the residential areas of big cities so if you do rent out an apartment ask if they have pest control in place just to make sure. I hate cockroaches too but that wouldn't stop me from traveling, no way! I stayed about 20 miles north of Tokyo with my host family and did not see a single cockroach

18. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

as i type this reply at this very moment, there is a cockroach living trapped under an overturned wastepaper basket in one corner of my living room. i am TOO CHICKEN to even bug-spray it, and i am definitely NOT going to stomp on it in any case.

i would touch it with a 10-feet long pole, and i'm just hoping it will evaporate into thin air by the time i wake up in the morning.

i am also really really really really sad because no one else is home (and won't be for the next 1 week) to kill the bugger off for me, so if anyone lives in Malaysia (Taman Perling, Johor Bahru), could you kindly PM me and offer to come over and kill the disgusting insect for me?

you'd be my hero. FOREVER. promise.

Thank You!

19. Posted by danahawkins (Inactive 128 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


First of all, suck it up.

Just my 2 cents.

Second of all, yeah there are... but not as many as I found in Australia. And they're smaller.

20. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Mel.


Dont kill, by stomping on them. I heard, that if u do that, they lay eggs right away. Spray, if u cant put up with them. But they are harmless. ;)


Are you guys serious? Why would you want to kill a harmless bug just because you don't like the look of it????
Don't want to get all hippy on you but they have just as much right to be on this earth as we do, probably more because they've been here since the dinasours!!!

PS they probably don't like the look of you much either.