When we moved to Louisiana (I was 11), I learned a new talent--how to kill cockroaches. Only six months before on a visit to Florida I met my first cockroach, and I'm still recovering. Those first 10 1/2 years were fantastic. Every once in a while, a roach would be crawling around my teenage-clothing-covered room, and I'd have to try to find it ::aka, kill it:: in order to sleep peacefully. Occasionally my brother and I would run to each others rooms at 2am--"Get up! Help, I can't find it--and it's BIG this time!" (They're always bigger when you've just woken up!) Some of our best teamwork was searching through each others rooms to kill bugs and get back to sleep as soon as possible.
But. I have been to the other side (no, I didn't go down in a sewer!) I am now south of the Equator. I have a two-sink kitchen, which is AWESOME. But, both drain pipes, and the drain pipe from the washer empty into an uncovered hole in the floor.
Some good friends here have had worse issues, and covered a MASSIVE hole in their bathroom with a layer (or five) of duct tape. I'd thought of this and various other solutions, but always assumed they brought the Magic Tape with them from the US. Today I discovered that I'd been wrong--they bought it here! I quickly went to visit the hardware store again, and after describing "really strong tape with fibers that's silver colored" the man said "Do you want to fix a pool?" "Something like that..." And he handed me multiple colors of duct tape!! So, after 19,000 guaranies ($4.22) I headed home with a thin roll of duct tape.
And, since it started to rain some today (I learned in LA that rain means the roaches are coming out sooner!), I decided now was the perfect time to tape up the hole.
I washed the dishes, poured a ridiculous amount of bleach down the drain, and turned out the lights. We'll see how the kitchen looks in the morning! I'm hoping I'm done finding cockroaches on my dishes (clean and dirty), in my sink, and just plain where they don't need to be! :-)
Here's hoping I don't have to call the plumber any time soon!