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Pest control in the tropics

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, October 5th, 2006 at 1:47 pm in Pest control.

While visiting my son Jeff and his family in Panama over the last couple of weeks, my wife Lois and I stayed in one of their spare bedrooms — in-between wonderful visits to local rainforests, rivers, parks, coffee plantations and extinct volcanoes.

One morning I woke up with the sun and was lying in bed on my back when I suddenly realized something was moving on the ceiling. A lot of somethings, actually. Gecko somethings. I counted nine of the tiny 2-inch long, quarter-inch wide geckos skittering across the ceiling and up and down the walls, searching for bugs and spiders to eat.

They appear out of nowhere to patrol the walls and cracks in your house at night, and when the sun comes up, or you make a sudden movement, or clap your hands … POOF … they’re instantly gone. They are amazingly quick. And you don’t even know they’re there until it gets dark again.

That’s one of the neat things about houses in the tropics. There are a LOT of insects in jungle country and the houses come equipped with their own insect control program in the form of these Lilliputian lizards.

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2 Responses to “Pest control in the tropics”

  1. Patricia Seals Says:

    I loved your story about insect control with geckos. How fabulous to have those little critters scurrying around the walls, once the surprise wore off. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in the rainforest and I enjoyed your story about the unexpected “hitchhiker” as well.

  2. Steve Clark Says:

    Hola Gary,

    My daughter told me you have recently visited Panama. It sounds like you spent some time in the Volcan area. Did you get down to the Azuero Penninsula? I am building a home on the beach on the west coast of the Azuero. Panama is certainly beautiful country no bigger than South Carolina but biodiversity that will keep me interested for many years. I have taken 3 trips this year and hope to complete my base by the end of the ’07 dry season.

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