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13 November 2011 @ 08:03 pm
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Not real sure what's going on... but 80% of my Christmas shopping is done and wrapped, complete with ribbons and bows and labels. I've never been this organised before in my life. I wish it was time to break out the decorations but it's still a few weeks too early.

Bodie cat gave me an early Christmas present on Friday morning, around 3am, when he hopped up onto my bed and dropped a live cockroach in my hand. A bit of yelling and flailing ensued; eventually I managed to flick the roach off the bed before it buried in under the pillows, then Bodie had a great time rounding it up again. I found the dried-up carcass on the floor under the bedspread yesterday morning.

Other pests aren't quite so easily disposed of. Over the seven years I've lived here I've often seen the odd cane toad in my yard - I know they're a noxious, poisonous pest but couldn't bring myself to do anything about them. But recently they've been having a toad party in my gardens and pot plants. I'll be outside watering plants after dark and suddenly a toad will come bounding out of the pot and take off. And I've been finding spots in the gardens where they have made little hollows to lie in; places that are damp and cool, because of regular watering. Now they're damaging some of my more fragile plants so it's come down to this - the toads, or the plants. They can't co-exist. (But I feel awful for even thinkingof killing them, noxious pest or not.
 
 
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Strike while the irony is hot: AXMAS -- NICE BODIEdraycevixen on November 13th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)

Wow, that's brilliant, particularly what with having them wrapped already although I would imagine you have to keep them away from the cats.

On Friday, MG looked at me with big hopeful eyes and said "we can get everyone a gift certificate this year, right?" The thing is, he probably is right except for my two youngest nephews. The older relatives have reached a stage where we've either long since agreed not to exchange gifts any more or, in the case of my teenage nephews and niece, would prefer picking something out themselves. My mates have long since gone to a "we all go out for drinks and to a nice restaurant together" idea. The thing is, I miss picking out gifts and wrapping them although I'm told this makes me a masochist. *g*

I think I could have lived without the cockroach surprise. I was innocently unaware that they existed outside of books until we moved to the South. The first time I saw one I said "oooh look at the size of that beetle" (we were outside) but a native quickly let me know what it really was although she couldn't quite believe I'd never seen one before.

I've just spent an interesting few minutes reading up on cane toads. I understand not wanting to kill them but they're not a native species and it sounds like they've wreaked havoc with several of the native species so that should help you feel a bit better about the decision. It also reads like they're really prolific breeders.
miwahni: Cats yule feelin coolmiwahni on November 15th, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)
Actually the cats aren't too bad. They'll have a bit of a sniff around everything, and maybe have a taste of a bow, but after their initial exploration they tend to leave things alone. Kittens can be holy terrors though, going so far as to tip the Christmas tree over on one occasion.

Gift certificates certainly solve a lot of problems, especially if parcels need to be posted or carried on the plane. I don't see my niece and nephews too often so it's hard to keep up with their likes etc. It is fun, though, buying gifts.

Cane toads can be really destructive, and as both entropy_house and sunray45 pointed out they're also very poisonous. I just subscribe to "live and let live"; it's not their fault that they're ugly and dangerous, and they can't harm my cats. But I'm getting tired of having seedlings destroyed and bigger plants damaged because the toads have buried themselves at the roots. I've got my Dettol and I'm prepared to spray!
entropy_houseentropy_house on November 13th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I get cane toads. I hate killing them, but I hate even more the thought that someone's cat could get poisoned if it attacked one. Also, the cane toads kill critters I like a lot more than them, like cute little tree frogs.

That said, I've only managed to kill one (it was in my pool and wouldn't get out, so after a few days of being upset, I poured pool chlorine on it & it was dead in a couple of seconds, so at least it wasn't torture.
miwahni: cats Gandalf the grey and whitemiwahni on November 15th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
I've not heard of killing toads with chlorine; here the weapon of choice is a spray bottle of Dettol. I finally brought myself to do it, too; both last night and earlier tonight I was running around my yard like a mad thing in pursuit of a toad. Boy can they move! I guess if a mad lady was chasing me with a bottle of poison I'd move too.
sunray45: B&D PhotoAlbumsunray45 on November 14th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Good heavens! Chrissy presents all ready for the big day! What came over you? Probably from working in the City and easier to get to lots of different shops.

Your Bodie does love you, but a cockroach, on your hand, at 3 am, is just not on. *g*

Get rid of those bloody cane toads! They are poisonous to pets, even if they drink out of a pet bowl, they leave poison behind.

All you have to do is get one of those cheapo spray bottles and some Dettol. Half fill with Dettol then top up with water. When you see one just spray it. Don't know what it does to them but they do disappear.
Good luck! *g*
miwahni: Pros cat bookmiwahni on November 15th, 2011 11:02 am (UTC)
Chrissy presents all ready for the big day! What came over you?
Truth be told, my sister is flying up this weekend and I'm giving them to her to take back with her. It's amazing what you can do when you have a deadline to meet.

Toads can't get anywhere near my cats, and none of their water bowls are accessible, so I've never really worried about them before. As I said to draycevixen I've always felt it's not the toad's fault that they are what they are, so as long as they left me alone I've been happy to co-exist. But now they're damaging things, and that's not on.

But boy don't they run when they get hit with the Dettol! I didn't dilute it, either, just used it straight. Toads took off like bats out of hell.