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to worry about cockroaches in the Canary Islands?

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RainbowBriteRules Sat 12-Jan-19 20:18:53

Looking at all inclusive family holidays. They are all so expensive in the school holidays! Some good deals in the Canary Islands in particular Lanzarote and Tenerife. I’m not sure if I can do it though with the cockroaches. Google either tells me not to worry, I’ll hardly see any or that they are everywhere! Has anyone been and did you see lots? I have visions of being unable to sleep with them in our hotel room.

BertrandRussell Sun 13-Jan-19 21:01:19

Just wondering what people’s attitude would be to a man who insisted in being carried over a path because a cockroach might touch his shoe.........

Notagainmun Sun 13-Jan-19 21:02:27

Never saw one in Gran Canaria, odd one in Tenerife quite a lot in Lanzarote. Been to these islands several times.

WYP2018 Sun 13-Jan-19 21:04:58

Don’t go to Peuerto Rico in Gran Canaria. The resort wasn’t great anyway, but the place was literally crawling with cockroaches. We had to wrap ourselves up in our bedsheets at night or they’d be all over us. One fell on my head at a restaurant. That was the holiday I got engaged on, it was obviously a sign as I am now divorced grin

Meesh77 Sun 13-Jan-19 21:09:31

Sydney is crawling with huge cockroaches too. Ugh.

cloudtree Sun 13-Jan-19 21:22:15

Don't go to South Africa OP. We had to be escorted back our our rooms by an armed guard with a lamp and you couldn't see very clearly. A tarantula ran across my foot one evening!

RainbowBriteRules Sun 13-Jan-19 21:37:06

Rebel, were you eavesdropping on our house grin? Tbh I would spend most of the time worrying. However, thanks to starting this thread, I would now worry everywhere! It also appears I have spent years of my life working in cockroach infested places and never noticed shock.

Serious answer: yes I was trying to assess risk as if the risk of seeing them is high I will stress and if it is low I will be less stressed. Always a little worried about bugs in hotel rooms etc but always managed to put it to the back of my mind.

Bertrand, thankfully chivalry is not completely dead yet. Is there nothing on MN that can’t be turned into some kind of feminist issue.

WYP, oh dear, not a good omen for you then!

Buunylover Sun 13-Jan-19 21:45:07

Been to Tenerife eight times and have seen just one, mind you it was big and ginger!.

Liedownsnikey1965 Sun 29-Sep-19 15:45:59

I am absolutely petrified of the ugly things and bluebottles/insects,,,,no one has a phobia like me,, we ve been to Gran Canaria, Fuertaventura,..Crete,Kos,Zakintos,cyprus,and never seen ONE cockroach in our rooms,we ve seen them around,only a few, restaurant floors, they just go away tbh,around the shops,in the road,never forget in cyprus they were on the back of a chair the woman diner let out a piercing scream! I was not too keen either lol,the staff said its normal for them omg! Yes they re there but you just cross over the road like I do,. Go and enjoy,. We ve stayed in low budget and pricier places, self catering apartments,,the cleaner ladies come in and mop, I think they have a deterrant liquid in the mop water,

Liedownsnikey1965 Sun 29-Sep-19 15:49:03

Did you go away?

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