Thursday, June 24, 2010


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Well , the rainy season has finally come to Whang Pho and I have to say that it has been a real blessing in that it has cooled things down a lot and the yard and trees and plants and flowers , and also all our farmers are loving it . And all the neighbors have been waiting for the rain to plant their summer garden , and to set out new trees and plants . Me I'm just glad it's here .
BUTTTT along with the rainy season comes a lot of things that I hate , since it has started raining I have killed YES KILLED!!!! 4 scorpions that have made their way into our kitchen area and one in the bathroom , also 2 of the ugliest big black millipeds as long as my foot , them things have heads on both ends and look like they want to eat you up , and are they ever hard to kill, and then just yesterday a small corba decided that on my shoe rack ,on the front porch was a good dry place to spend the night. BUTTTT the things I hate the most are the things I call "Wings from Hell" . I know a lot of folks in Thailand call them snacks , It's the flying termites(mang mao ) that come out from under the ground after a big rain , just like Bats come out of caves at nights , millions and I do mean millions of them come from the mountain behind the house and you have to be quick to turn out all the lights and close the curtains for at least an hour and most of the time they will have moved on down to your neighbors house with the lights on .And the next morning they (without their wings) are crawling all over the patio and deck and their wings are all over the screens and windows and in every crack and crannie that you have around the house , and for days you will be sweeping up and trying to get rid of the wings that they shed. The geckos and jen jokes (Small lizards) have been feasting all nght and sooooo that means that you have these little black and white things (turds) all over the porch as well as the big ole brown turds from the gekeo (that I have been trying to catch for the last month ) did I say that "I hate them" well I meant to .
Like I said I am happy about the rain but hate the stuff that it brings with it , and if the folks from up North are not getting their share of the MANG MAO , just give me a shout and I'll sweep them up into a huge plastic bag and you can come and get them .
Ciejay says that after a couple of big rains they will all be gone till next year and the rainy season, I'm really looking foward to that . But all this does make for an exciting life and thats why I'm Retired in Thailand and Loving It. Malcolm


Anonymous said...

I use "Home Defense Max Insect Killer Pull-N-Spray" product, from Walmart, every 6 months.

Works like a charm. No insect issues year-round.

Bangkokbuddy said...

I saw one of those HUGE millipedes in my backyard the other day. ugh! they are so big, you feel like just staying away from them.

I thought about stepping on it. but it was that BIG. scary.

one thing for sure, you need to be extra careful if you have a garden or dump the garbage.

and as for groping in the dark. with critters like these around, you don't want to be doing that. hehehe.

Anonymous said...

You do seem to have more than your fair share of uninvited animal and insect guests. The large millipedes are quite harmless, although they wouldn't win any beauty contests.

Thanks for this amusing post.

All the best, Boonsong

Lawrence said...

Malcolm, I don't fancy a cobra (even a little one) on my shoe rack (if I had one), but mang mao -- yes, they are maybe the least lovable things in Thailand. Tokay geckoes I do like, because they eat up lots of things, chased away our bats, attack mice.

I always enjoy your last sentence. Not because I'm glad to get to the end (just the opposite) but because it's great to be reminded that there's good and bad in Thailand but we are still really privileged to be there (wish I was!). Thanks for the reminder, Malcolm, as always.

Martyn said...

Malcolm thanks for the education. I never knew those bugs were called mang mao.

I've stayed at our village house a few times when they've hit us hard. They normally come May time but the abnormally dry weather this time meant I was lucky not to see them.

Wilai's mama sweep them up and feeds them to the chickens. Waste not want not.

thaikarl said...

interesting! i haven't seen any scorpions up here in petchabun. nor one of those millipedes. but the termites... oh yeah. one year i was using the computer, so i turned on the light in the bathroom so they'd all go in there. next morning, the entire bathroom, and all the water in the tank was paved with bodies and wings. there was a lot of chatter in the family, the gist of which i surmised was "what fool left the light on in the bathroom last night?" we have a frog in the living room who cleans up the mess from bugs that knock themselves out on the tube light. another one lives down the drainpipe in the bathroom, and does a good job in there also.

LindyLouMac said...

Good morning Malcolm. I am introducing myself and visiting your blog as I am a fellow contributor to the fun new collective Beautiful World

The flying termites,sounds horrendous! We have scorpions and millipedes here also, probably not as big as in Thailand though.

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Thankfully not something we have here in England.

I saw your site mentioned on Bonsong's blog and thought I'd stop by to say hello. Nice to meet you, I've enjoyed visiting.

Mike Rose said...

Malcolm we always get the same when a big rain comes, not seen any big scorpions, but we have had a big cobra.

The termites are a pain when we leave the security lights on, looks like a battlefield in the morning and as you say piles of Tokay manure everywhere!

BTW still almost dry as a bone here, just a couple of showers.

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