June 24, 2008

He's Got Poker Face While I Sleep With the Roaches

I am off in 10 to go rough it with the Boy Scouts. I’ve spent the last hour scouring the internet for natural deterrents against roaches.

My first instinct is to take a big can of roach killer and spray a version of a satanic circle around my tent, daring them to cross the circle.

Then I remember how that smells and how we’re not supposed to have aerosol cans and wondering if sleeping in a circle of roach killer can cause cancers. Hence my search for natural repellents.

I don’t have boric acid or any of the other stuff I could find and although I am tempted to take a fistful of bay leaves, as it ‘might’ work, I don’t think I own enough bay leaves to offset a campsite of roaches.

I’m not happy.

On another front, I received my first phone call today from camp. One little boy has had to call home EVERY night. Another little boy won’t let his Dad leave… his Dad is sleeping there every night. I didn’t allow my sons to take a phone… they bummed one off of someone else, who calls home frequently.

I had heard rumors my kids hated the food and that I should bring snacks. This is what happened during my phone call:

Ringo: Hey, Mom, its me.

Me: Hey! Do you miss me?


Me: Well?

Ringo: Umm. Yeah.

Me: Was that hard to admit to?

Ringo: No, not really.

Me: Hunh, then what took so long to answer?

Ringo: I wasn’t sure what to say…

Me: Why?

Ringo: Because… well…

Me: Because you don’t miss me?

Ringo: Right.

Me: Its cool. You could have admitted it. It doesn’t hurt my feelings in the least. I WANT you to have a good time.

Ringo: Ok, then, I don’t miss you.

Me: Umm, what about Mr. T. Does he miss me?

Ringo: No. I don’t think so. Hey, Mom, can you bring my poker cards and chips? Its been raining a lot and we want to play poker.

Me: That’s why you called, for your Poker game?

Ringo: Yeah.

Me: OK, then. Do you need anything else?

Ringo: Cold drinks would be nice. Just poker and cold drinks and we’re cool.

Me: Ok then… I’ll see you tonight.

Ringo: *click*

So. There you have it… we seem to be very adjusted…

Posted by Boudicca at June 24, 2008 04:14 PM | TrackBack

Interesting. One of the Prime Directives at our Scout camp was that the boys were not to call home to their parents except in an emergency, because it would only make their homesickness worse. And cell phones by anyone other than parents and leaders were a no-no.

Hope you don't have to wage too many roach battles. Another reason to hate Florida.

Posted by: diamond dave at June 24, 2008 05:15 PM

Same here, the only phones allowed were with the leaders. No calling home, nothing. And the father that is staying better have paid in advance or he could take his kid home. My troop was big on the rules.

As for the poker cards and chips, yea we did that too. As for the cold beverages, nope. Not allowed to bring food from home.

Just out of curiosity, is it going to be cold frosty beverages?

Posted by: Contagion at June 24, 2008 06:23 PM

sweetthing puts down some kind of powder..I just asked her..it is Boric acid powder she buys at Wally World..works but sure will make a poodle dawg sick..

Posted by: GUYK at June 24, 2008 06:26 PM

Oh noes!! The poker bug has bitten your boys too. We've got a ten-year-old boy who currently lives for poker. But I think he's got the poker etiquette mixed up with bridge. We have to have snacks with our games. Uh, yeah, watercress sandwiches, mints, and nuts. I don't know where he gets this.

Posted by: PeggyU at June 24, 2008 07:57 PM

From eartheasy.com:

The best defense against cockroaches is a clean kitchen and bathroom. If roaches are a problem in your home or apartment, vacuum well and wash the area with a strong soap. Dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag in a sealed container.
Also try:
It is a little known fact that roaches like high places. If you put boric acid on TOP of your kitchen cabinets (not inside), if space allows between ceiling and cabinets, the roaches will take the boric acid to their nests, killing all of them. Boric acid is toxic by mouth - keep away from children and pets. more info about boric acid
Diatomaceous earth is a safe alternative which can be sprinkled in areas where roaches congregate, especially hidden areas such a cabinet tops and behind appliances. Harmless to people, the tiny particles cut the waxy exoskeleton and kills the insect within 48 hours. For a week or so after the treatment, the dehydrating insects will search more actively for water. Therefore, do not be surprised if you see roaches more often after the treatment. Most roaches should be killed within two weeks of application. more info or to purchase
Catnip is a natural repellent to cockroaches. The active ingredient is nepetalactone, which is non-toxic to humans and pets. Small sachets of catnip can be left in areas of cockroach activity. Catnip can also be simmered in a small amount of water to make a "catnip tea" which can be used as a spray to apply around baseboards and behind counters. This natural repellent should only be used in homes without cats!
(A site visitor who has tried this sends the following comments)
Keep a spray bottle of soapy water on hand. Spraying roaches directly with soapy water will kill them.
In an empty one pound coffee can, place 1 or 2 pieces of bread which have been soaked thoroughly with beer. Place in areas known to have roach infestations.
Leave bay leaves, cucumber slices or garlic in the affected area as deterrents.
The fruit of the Osage orange tree, the hedgeapple, is a natural roach repellent. Leave one hedgeapple per room for effective deterrence up to two months. You can learn more about hedgeapples for pest control at hedgeapple.com.
Non-toxic roach traps are commercially available. more info or to purchase

Posted by: Mary at June 24, 2008 10:16 PM

Dave- Yeah, that's what the instructions said... no cell phone, so my kids don't have one. Obviously someone didn't follow the rules, but that's not my problem. The one kid who calls home every night uses the Scout Master's phone and... there are big issues there. He's also the kid that doesn't swim and after watching him last night and knowing what I know... there are problems. He's not really in our Troop. He's a Provisional.

Contagion- The boy's father that is staying is officially one of our chaperones. We have a tough time filling the slots for night and day chaperones and since his son was struggling with it, he filled in the slot as a permanent chaperone. It worked for everyone...

Our Troop is big on the rules and is a very very successful Troop. We have a far higher success rate on achieving Eagle Scout than the National Average. This year eight of our boys achieved it. So we're obviously doing something right...

I did call the Scout Master before I left to talk to let them know I'd received a phone call. Its not my shift and they need to know. I didn't take anything but Poker and Cracker Barrel. My baking had been for Cracker Barrel. I'd been told by the Scout Master during our organizational meeting that any parent staying overnight who wanted to bring food for Cracker Barrel would be invited to do so. So that's what I did...

GuyK- I had thought about the Boric Acid, but with all sorts of other animals out there, I didn't want to go that route. There are raccoons, deer, etc. I was afraid of harming anything.

Mary- I found that site before I left, hence my thought on bay leaves! I ended up being... happily... bug free.

Posted by: Bou at June 25, 2008 08:48 AM

Peggy- Yeah, Texas Hold 'em is BIG with him. I think its big with all the kids now. I think that's what they'll be playing tonight. :) He's not played it at home before, just at school, so the Bridge Snacks haven't been included! Heh!

Posted by: Bou at June 25, 2008 11:22 AM

When I lived in Houston, Texas Hold 'Em was simply called...Hold 'Em.

Posted by: Elisson at June 25, 2008 04:13 PM

Well, Bou, we now have a stash of watercress sandwiches in the fridge, and the boy wants to make petit fours. Somebody ought to ban the food network.

Posted by: PeggyU at June 25, 2008 07:48 PM

The girls were at their grandmother's last weekend and I don't think they even knew I wasn't there. It was great...

Posted by: Jody at June 26, 2008 04:23 PM

Tell Ringo it's on when you all get here! I love some Hold 'Em.

Posted by: Sissy at June 26, 2008 07:43 PM

What No Craps Table Out There?

Insted of Camping & Poker, send Bones to see me, I'll teach him the dice, it's more our ADHD flavor...


Posted by: P'cola Titan at June 27, 2008 11:01 PM

One of the few blessings of the terrible English weather is the abscence of large amounts of bugs...big or small...luckily for me.... as I'm not afraid to admit just what a wimp I am when confronted by anything with more than 4 legs.

Posted by: Thud at June 28, 2008 01:56 PM