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cockroach hunting season

In Japan, July 1st marks the official start of the cockroach hunting season. Up and down the country, people will be arming themselves with all manner of weapons in readiness for the inevitable confrontation.

Here are some popular ways to get rid of cockroaches (drawbacks in brackets):
  • Boiling water (possibility of scalding yourself in the process)
  • Stamping (possibility of nasty mess on floor)
  • Machine gun (possibility of stray bullets hitting innocent bystanders)
  • Gentle persuasion (possibility that cockroach won't understand what you're saying)
  • Electrocution (possibility of electrocution)

Of course, some people resort to more extreme measures.....

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On Sunday, 01 July, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where can I buy that excellent cockroach extermination suit?

The preferred method for Ehimenians seems to be mixing some washing up dish liquid with water, and using a spritzer bottle to immobilize and suffocate the suckers. We're sick, twisted, and squeaky clean like that.  

On Monday, 02 July, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've seen those at the 100 Yen shop before.  

On Monday, 02 July, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

do they fly?
and i thought seeing a bunch of ants on the kitchen floor was a horror!

On Monday, 02 July, 2007, Blogger Citizen_Stu said:

The whole Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny hunting season argument played out in my head but between a cockroach and a rat instead.  

On Tuesday, 03 July, 2007, Blogger owenandbenjamin said:

And probably none of those extermination techniques will work. They will survive.  

On Sunday, 08 July, 2007, Blogger Julee said:

There's a way that'll always work for me.. slippers! But you need lots of them, in case your aiming sucks :D  

On Sunday, 08 July, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, washing up liquid messes 'em up.
In our house, we have a small terracotta flower pot (with a hole in the bottom). Trap the repulsive scuttler underneath and spray the napalm of your choice into the hole. Retire for ten minutes to gloat and chuckle at your cunning. Remove corpse at your leisure.

By the by, never stamp on them. Their wing cases are loaded with eggs, by all accounts. You'll just be spreadin' them around.  

On Tuesday, 07 August, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've never believed the eggs in wings thing- so they are going to hatch in the middle of your kitchen floor without you realising???  

On Sunday, 20 July, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

ewwww....yet everything, quite funny  

On Monday, 21 July, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG I am absolutely dreading them. My apartment is littered with the posion stuff and I'm armed and ready with my bug spray.  

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