We do not live alone

Shot this morning. Lovely day.

For years I’ve given the impression that there’s just the two of us living here, but that is false. We share the Hacienda with crickets much of the year.

Like most Mexican homes, the Hacienda is full of little spaces through which they enter, and they prefer to hole up in the kitchen, which is good because they sing at night — and it’s not opera or even Bo Diddley — and the kitchen is as far away from the bedroom as you can get.

Behind the refrigerator is a favored spot. Sometimes when I enter the kitchen at dawn I will find one in the sink. I imagine he was thirsty. For years I just trapped them and tossed them into the yard, but now I smash them and toss them into the trash.

On rare occasion, a cricket will grow bold and exploratory, and there’s only one direction for that, toward the living room and, even farther, toward the bedroom where their night yodeling is not permitted. They are hunted down and slain.

Better crickets than mice, and we’ve never seen a mouse. Occasionally, we spot rats in the yard, and there are holes out there that look suspiciously like rat tunnels. At times, I toss poison down there, but I’ve never seen a corpse. If we ever see a rat in the house, or perhaps even a mouse, my child bride will immediately move to the Downtown Casita.

But the crickets aren’t so bad if they stay on their side of the house where they belong.

Pile of broken flower pots and excess roof tiles sit in the Garden Patio today.

16 thoughts on “We do not live alone

  1. Now if you had a canine like the precious and beloved Best Dog in the Whole Wide World Morgen, crickets, cockroaches, and other vermin wouldn’t last long, because she’s an exterminator. Short of that, Costco does sell an excellent Home Defense spray.It’s located en route to dog beds, dog toys, and dog food.

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    1. Ms. Shoes: Are you suggesting I swap the rather inconsequential bother of the occasional cricket with the full-time bother of a dog? As for the Home Defense spray, which could be a good idea elsewhere, I think, here it would just chase them out of the kitchen and send them into the living room and on toward the bedroom.

      Thanks for the suggestions, but we’ve lived in relative peace for many years, and as long as they know their place, it’s no big deal.

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  2. Living in Houston taught me a useful lesson in pest management. If the bugs can’t get in, they won’t. So I managed to seal off several apartments with combinations of caulk and expanding foam. Once you eliminate entry, your problem is solved. You might also consider getting some diatomaceous earth and sprinkling it behind the refrigerator. It apparently slices up bug exoskeletons and they die of dehydration. It’s harmless to humans and pets, and fairly cheap to boot.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Ajijic, Jal
    Where there’s all kinds of pests ranging from various sizes of ant, to cockroaches, to flying insects. Makes one hanker for a good, hard freeze.

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    1. Kim: Trying to seal off a Mexican house would be an exercise in futility. Homes just are not built here in the same way they’re built above the border. They are invariably porous to varying degrees. Bugs get in. Sometimes other things too. As for diatomaceous earth, well, that could help, but as long as the little buggers remain in the kitchen area, it’s not a serious problem. Anyway, do you want me to torture some of the Goddess’s creations? I would fear for my karma.

      You’re unlikely to get a good hard freeze there in Ajijic. Return to Boston for that. Won’t be long now.

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      1. There will never be a good, hard freeze in Ajijic, of course. Nor did I suggest there could be. (I’m also hankering to win the lottery, which is only slightly more likely.) But should the impossible happen, it’d kill off a lot of bugs, at least temporarily. Unfortunately, it’d kill all the palms and bougainvilleas, among other nice plants.

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  3. I try to seal off my casa as best I can. Not very much gets in anymore. For the few that do, I spray around the outside with home defense. As long as I don’t forget that it is the time to spray, all is well. My lovely bride will not step on any bugs. She has to spray them and cover them up with a special cup. I then do the disposing. All bugs are flattened. I will worry about karma later in a bug-free world.

    A house I lived in down here had geckos, and they were noisy if they got in the house.

    I can imagine no reason to having a killing frost at lakeside, none whatsoever. I talk to my kids, and they let me know how much snow they are getting, and it’s a good place for it, far away from me.

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    1. Kirk: Living with bugs is something I have grown accustomed to over the years. I have also become accustomed to racket. Both of those things bothered me quite a bit the first couple of years after I moved south, but one gets used to them. At least, I did.

      Geckos indeed. I neglected to mention that lizards get inside the house on occasion too. I find them more disagreeable than bugs, and the little buggers can be hard to catch, but I often do, and I toss them outdoors, nothing more.

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      1. I’m so used to noise. I worked doing mine development up in Canada’s arctic for almost 40 years, lived beside airstrips and helipads and 24-hour equipment. I hear nothing after my baby blues close.

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  4. The crickets often deprive my wife of sleep. I am “blessed” with a hearing loss the last few years that allows me not to hear them.

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    1. Patzman: They’re in your house, near your bedroom? Better get that diatomaceous earth Kim recommended.

      Or silicon earplugs. My wife uses them because I apparently snore. Or so they say.

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  5. A good solution to crickets and scorpions is chickens. But then you really have to watch your step. They like to hang around on the porch by the door. And they really like to eat your plants.

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    1. Señor Gill: First, Ms. Shoes recommends I get a dog. Now you want me to get chickens. I think I’ll stick with the cricket or two. As for scorpions, they are quite common in some parts of Mexico, but not where I live. Never seen one here.

      When I was a child, living on a farm in southwest Georgia, we had about 2,000 chickens at one point. That was enough to last me a lifetime. They are mean and dumb.

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  6. This has nothing to do with crickets but last night my beagle got sprayed by a skunk in our backyard. The entire neighborhood stunk. The skunk got in under our fence and was chowing down on birdseed.

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  7. With the exception of the occasional lovelorn gecko, none of nature’s vast chorus makes its way into any of my rooms. Of course, all of nature is just outside my bedroom door. I rather enjoy the symphony of crickets, geckos, and frogs in the night.

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    1. Señor Cotton: Casa Cotton must be a bit better sealed than where I live. And I too enjoy the sounds of nature, even the burros, as long as they stay outside, especially the burro.

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