Chilly evenings. Clouds and sometimes rain. Winter is coming to Jerusalem. I had to pull out a few sweaters this week. Even with the extra blankets on the bed, cats snuggling in is a good way to keep warm at night.
Winter also brings unwelcome outside visitors. To defend my home against these intruders, I was forced to become a killer.
*squeamish readers may wish to skip this post*
Along came a spider
I’m not afraid of spiders, but I prefer they stay outside. This week a 3-inch black furry cousin of the tarantula found its way into my house. Even my cats didn’t want to engage – and they love going after creepy-crawlies.
“Kill it, Kitties!”
*they stare at me with an “are you kidding me right now?” look*
“Ok, then.” Gulp. “I’m sorry Spider!”
I pick up my flip-flop and bash the stuffing right out of that spider. It took a few blows. And then a few extra, due to the adrenaline probably.
Wikipedia told me afterward that they are generally harmless, but their bites can be annoying. Um, yeah. No regrets.
My only worry now is if the spider’s partner is on a mission for revenge.
Did you know that if you warmheartedly feed neighborhood cats the dry food attracts both cats and slugs? I guess I didn’t really know how bad the problem had gotten until it rained. Maybe there was a little denial too. There’s snail essence in my Korean beauty products (and it works too!). Maybe I was thinking about harvesting it?
My patio is tiled and it can be slippery in the rain. I knew it was a little dirty out there, but it hadn’t rained, so I thought the rain would give it a good wash. Once it rained, I can tell you with certainty that slug goo is dirty, slimy, slippery, and an all-around gross hazard.
“Hey Google! How do you get rid of slugs?”
Some things are not easily found in Israel and I wanted to be kind to the slugs.
“Hey Google! What are some household products to deter slugs?”
Coffee? Well, whaddayaknow! So I made some cold brew coffee, which provided me with a lot of grounds and actual coffee. I spread the grounds all around the worst area.
Turns out Israeli slugs LOVE coffee. You can see the glittery silver slug goo trails all over the coffee grounds. I poured coffee directly on them. Nothing. Toxic to slugs? Ha!
Egg shells? Salt? I need something drastic. So I became a slug hunter.
Latex disposable gloves. Check. Bucket. Check. Soapy water. Check.
Every time I checked outside last night there were slugs. Smooshy, sticky, wiggly blobs. Ew! They were unceremoniously drowned. Turns out they can’t swim.
Problem: I got a bucket with about two dozen dead slugs. What am I supposed to do with bodies? Shallow grave?
My cats chase after most bugs, so I see maybe one or two cockroaches a year.
After this week’s killing spree, this morning I found a cockroach had committed suicide in my cats’ water bowl. Is that some kind of protest?
Prepared for battle
I will do whatever it takes to protect my home from these invaders. If that means more killing sprees, swathes of scorched earth, or a nuclear option, I am ready!