I’ll preface this post by saying that I never would have thought I’d by write a blog post on bugs or deadly animals, then again I am talking about Australia and anything goes. This post does not contain any photos that will gross you out; however, click on links at your own discretion.
You may have heard that everything in Australia is poisonous and will kill you, and that is, for the most part, true. Ok, no it’s not. But you can find numerous articles on what will kill you in Australia by visiting these pages:
Australia’s Dangerous Animals: the top 30
37 Pictures the Prove Australia is the Craziest
Alright, so now that we have covered the bugs that can kill you, let’s talk about the bugs that won’t kill you but might scare the heck out of you.
My first night in Australia I woke up from my sleep and ventured to the bathroom where I found…. THE BIGGEST COCKROACH I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! I threw my feet up and waited for that little guy to shimmy his way out of my sight before finishing my business and running to my bedroom. Let’s just say I didn’t sleep the rest of the night.
The next day, same thing happened, except there were four roaches. And the next, four more (hopefully the same) roaches! I am grossed out just writing this. By the third day I was walking to our grocery store and purchasing every cockroach killer on the shelves. I was armed and ready to kill every roach that crossed my path!Yes, I may be keeping the Mortien company in business with the amount of bug spray I bought, but you can never be too prepared, especially when Australia is known to have both American and German cockroaches. After setting traps I watched as the number of cockroaches who find refuge in our home dwindle, making me feel much more comfortable at night.
For some reason fresh fruit means fruit flies… and so does garbage. These little bugs aren’t poisonous and don’t bite, but they sure are annoying! I searched relentlessly for ways I could kill get rid of fruit flies safely using things I already had at home, and my tactics were insanely successful! I used apple cider vinegar and dish soap to tackle the flies near fruit and the garbage, and then used basil in the bowl with the peaches and the flies avoided the area.
I’m not talking deadly Australian spiders, just your run of the mill spider. Apparently as the weather gets cold, spiders make their way indoors – gross! – and stay for the winter. If our house has no heat why would a spider want to come inside? I don’t know. But let me tell you, the first day the weather got cold I found a massive spider in the corner of the living room! Thankfully I had a little bit of that roach spray from before to get that spider and make sure he never returns.
You might think that a fly is pretty standard, but I beg to differ when it comes to bush flies. You find the majority of these in the farmlands and Australian bush. These flies are annoying, gross, and sticky. When you find one chances are you’ve found thousands.Gross right?
The best way to keep bush flies out of your hair is by doing the Aussie Salute, which in basic terms mean waving your and in front of your face to keep the flies away from your mouth and nose. I have seen countless news reporters do the salute on air, and yep, it’s gross.