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.