Apr 29, 2007, 7:17 AM
Post #7 of 17
Having first visited Mexico in the 1960s, I am amazed at how few flies I see here in Jalisco or in Chiapas compared to those days when flies used to literally cover the rancid meat hanging in municipal markets and were real, filthy and ubiquitous pests. In Chiapas, at 7,000 feet, we also have very few cockroaches and, in fact, I´ve never seen one down there as opposed to Ajijic where we had a plague of kitchen roaches that took us months to erradicate. We finally got rid of them with the boric acid treats we learned about on these forums. Those kitchen roaches came into our home with our housekeeper who brought them into her home riding inside a radio her sister loaned her.
I am also amazed that, in six years here I have only spotted four scorpions and no snakes despite the fact that we walk a rural beach all the time. We have never seen the dreadful biting flies down here at our swimming pool and they were a plague in California along with rattlers, blue jays and yellow jackets that used to make eating outside in the summer impossible up there. I have, however, been stung a couple of times by those large brown wasps who seasonally fly about our garden in an irritable mood looking for nesting places in our rock walls. Those are nasty creatures.
Now that I think about it, the garden and beach creatures here are no problems compared to California and Alabama which had enormous numbers of unpleasant creepy crawlies that could make life miserable in the summer. Yellow jackets, wasps, fire ants, hornets, water moccasins, cottonmouth moccasins ,rattle snakes, alligators, scorpions, giant rats, brown recluse and black widow spiders and a whole bunch of other scary looking and poisonous giant spiders, attack jays, feral hogs, mountain lions, hungry bears and drunk Billy Bob redneck ole boys driving around in pickup trucks loaded with beer and guns and spoiling for a fight. Hell, I moved to Mexico for self-preservation.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Apr 29, 2007, 7:34 AM)