The schools have broken-up for summer, wasps and ants are at their frenzied peak and very soon lots of people will be off on their holidays, and will perhaps encounter new pests like cockroaches (very common in hot and humid countries) or horrible biting nasties like mosquitoes. This got me wondering about the places Rentokil could take a holiday. Here’s a few ideas.
The Mosquito Coast stretches for 200 miles along the Nicaragua and Honduras eastern coastline. Comprising of lush, tropical rainforest, lapped by the Caribbean Sea this would be paradise if it weren’t for the swarms of malarial mosquitoes. The area is not named after the irritating bloodsuckers but after the native Miskito Indians. Today there are just 100,000 people that live here, maybe the mossies drove them away?
There are several Rat Islands throughout the world. Just off the coast of Manhattan lies a 2.5 acres lump of bedrock named Rat Island which is attractively described by Wikipedia as having “a purple-bluish “beach” made of mussel shells mixed with bird bones on the west side of the island with some reed grass. The entire island is littered with broken glass from beer bottles. The highest point on the island is usually covered in gull bird guano and is underwater during high tide storms. The largest inhabitant of the island is usually a Great Blue Heron that sleeps on the island during daytime.”
There’s another rat island in Alaska. The name derives from the stowaway rats which escaped a Japanese shipwreck in the 1700’s. The rats infested the island feasting off bird eggs and newly hatched chicks. The island’s bird population was soon devastated and the 10-mile-square slip of land became known as “Rat Island.”
The Roaches, Derbyshire
Within easy striking distance from Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool and Leeds it’s not surprising that the Peak District is Britain’s most visited National Park.
It would be a surprise to encounter a cockroach at The Roaches. This wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks in the Peak District National Park is about as far removed from the warmth and humidity craved by a roach as you could get, although there are lots of cracks and crevices they could hide in, before scurrying out under the cover of darkness to feast off the crumbs from a picnic. The name is more likely to derive from the French word for rock – Roches. If you are lucky you may be able to spot a buzzard soaring above on the lookout for a rodent dinner.
UK Towns Rentokil Could Visit
- Anthill Common, near Waterlooville, Hampshire.
- Dirt Pot, Allendale, Northumberland
- Dirty Gutter, near Leek, Staffordshire.
- Dead Cow Point, Lundy Island.
- Dove Holes, near Buxton, Derbyshire.
- Hen Poo, near Duns, west of Berwick-upon-Tweed. (name of lake).
- Mousehole, near Penzance, Cornwall.
- Wasps Nest, near Lincoln.
If I have missed any pest places please let me know!