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Saturday, 11 June 2011

pandan to the rescue

 


saving the world from ipis one pandan at time

My number  1 enemy  are cockroaches. Sometimes, I feel they are smarter than me. Just when I thought that  I finally tortured them to death , I find out that they have moved to a new dying place in a few minutes.

A cockroach cannot be declared DEAD unless you see all the white juices oozing out of them , after you give them the last 'tadyak ' . My senses are so attuned to them that I can smell them the moment I enter a room.

Our homeowners association encourages fumigation for mosquitoes, insects , cockroaches but I choose to fight my battle with cockroaches differently.

About 8 years ago , some  herbalist friends of mine , Aleli and Boy, suggested that I scatter Pandan leaves all over the house and in the garden. Was surprised to find the Pandan leaves selling at p6.00  per bunch. I would tie these stalks into cute little knots and throw them all over the place! After two nights, I would notice dead ( really super dead) cockroaches being swept away . The best part of the mass slaughter, is I didn't use any weapon  toxic to humans or pets!

 The rare occasions that I see a flying cockroach is not life threatening to me anymore, I know that the moment they land on a surface , I can easily knock them down with a light jab! I know that it is the scent of PANDAN leaves that drives them nuts and this makes me happy.....sort of. 

15 comments:

Jing said...

this is a great idea. I have problem with cockroaches too at home.must try this. thanks for sharing.:)

Proud Mama said...

Love it! I was laughing so hard since I saw those cute knots myself. Keep blogging!

Janine Cuenca- said...

Wow, Tita! That is a great tip! I have been searching for the Baygon anti-ipis unsuccessfully. Pandan lang pala is the WMD (weapon of mass destruction)! Better for the environment and safer. And we already have pandan planted. You have nice photos too! Thanks so much!

Caddy said...

I just told my mom about this after reading your entry. It's great to know there's a blog like this out there/

JOY said...

this is sooo true.... been using it.

Precious said...

Pandan leaves? really? this I have never heard of but I will surely try this at home, my mom swears loudly everytime she sees roaches thanks for the tip

Becky said...

I can assure you, this really really works! You will have to try it to believe it, I put pandan leavesin my linen closet, drawers, kitchen cabinets etc....

Ann said...

I'd like to try these,=) we have a bunch of them pandan shrubs at the backyard because my mom uses it for her cooking, ^^. def a better way to exterminate roaches. i hate the smell of sprays,=(

airexpress_psg said...

hi becky - my hubby raffy will surely be happy later when i tell him about this as he is also anti-ipis since childhood - for sure he will tell me to start planting pandan plants instead of the ornamental indoor plants the soonest and put them everywhere inside and outside of the house. love your blogs :)

Denise said...

i love this post to death! as in I laughed when I read the title down to the period haha! I hate IPIS so much yes to killing them mightily! thanks to your Pandan leaves-cockroach-weapon! ahaha! :)

Precious said...

it worked! my mom was so ecstatic when she found dead roaches around the house, she even bought a few pots of pandan plants :) now do you have any tips on how to get rid of ants? thanks again, good job! ;)

Becky said...

Hi Precious, am glad that the pandan worked!! You can put in all your drawers and linen closets too. I'll post on ants soon. I just have to get a good photo. Thank you .

Amanda said...

Love this! We're currently trying this at home but it doesn't seem to be working yet. Do you have any tips on how much we should have around the house, if we should or shouldn't trim the white bases of the leaves, and if we shouldn't tie them up too tight? I really really want this to work.

Mike Lopez said...

I hate roaches. Will give this a try.

Chiqui Tenecio said...

For almost a year of looking for the greatest weapon to fight the battle with the cockroaches, I think I finally found one! This is a great idea! Can't wait to see a mass murder of cockroaches. Mwahahaha (Evil Laugh) :)))))