So I went to make coffee this morning, and when I started to fill the water reservoir a ROACH crawled out! Great, now I need to buy a new coffeemaker.
Disclaimer 1: The aforementioned cockroach was not the one pictured above, thank goodness. It was of the smaller variety, which are still annoying even though they’re not as scary-looking.
Disclaimer 2: At least cockroaches, while disgusting, aren’t poisonous. My morning definitely could have been worse!
Disclaimer 3: I’m not really going to buy another coffeemaker, that would be a waste of a perfectly good… oh who am I kidding, of course I am.
Anyway, now that it’s springtime and the island is starting to warm up past 65 degrees (sorry, couldn’t resist) that means it’s time for all the island bugs to come out. (Well, more than they already were out.) Hawaii is full of them just like any tropical island, and there’s nothing to do but accept the fact that you’re going to share your home with roaches, ants, and the occasional spider whether you like it or not.
Having lived on both the windward side of Oahu and the drier south side, I can say that I’ve encountered far fewer bugs in my Honolulu apartment than I had in my Kailua dwelling. It definitely helps that I’m living on the 20th floor of a high-rise, so I see even fewer insects than I would if I were living closer to the ground. There are many things I miss about Kailua – the scenery, the small beach town, the gorgeous beaches – but the windward side can keep its giant roaches. I’ve only ever seen small ones in my apartment here in Honolulu, but over there I was killing a huge cockroach every other day. It didn’t matter how clean I kept my place or how pristine my kitchen was, they were everywhere.
And don’t get me started on the ants. Those little buggers must have the best sense of smell or something, because all it would take was for me to accidentally drop a crumb off the dining room table, and a bit later I’d see a line of ants leading to it. I couldn’t believe how fast they worked! I’m still traumatized by that one time I was in my kitchen in Kailua cutting a pineapple. The phone rang so I put everything down and went to answer it. I was gone for maybe five minutes, but when I came back the knife was covered in ants. It was like something out of a horror movie!
One thing about the abundance of bugs on the windward side is that it means there’s also plenty of geckos. This could be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you feel about lizards. (I think they’re cute! I miss having them around.) They can eat the smaller insects, but unfortunately are half the size of the giant cockroaches. Oh well, a little bit of help is always welcome. The only time I’ve been annoyed by the geckos in my house was when they spawned, and my place was overrun by tiny baby geckos. Yes, they were adorable, but they were EVERYWHERE! In the shower, on the counter, on the computer monitor, on the floor (they hadn’t yet learned that they should stay along the wall, and instead would just take off across the room. I don’t know how many I almost stepped on by accident.) I even remember waking up one morning and looking over to see a baby gecko on the pillow staring at me! Had it been watching me sleep? What a weirdo.
Long story short: there’s no avoiding bugs in Hawaii, unfortunately. But if you live on the dry side, at least you don’t see as many! Just be sure to wear insect repellent when you go hiking, because there’s an abundance of mosquitoes too.