Tuesday, 27 March 2007

The Fog of War

Today was chute fogging day again. This is when the council come round and use their neat fumigation machines (a cross between a leaf blower and a strimmer) to kill the vermin in the vertical garbage chutes. They do this every 6 weeks or so and let you know a couple of days in advance with a slip in the letterbox.

I prefer to be at home for this as the roaches crawl out of the chute into the kitchen and try to clear their heads of the chemical. So you end up with woozy roaches running around and it's hard not to feel panicy. Knowing they are going to die is no consolation. Immediate dispatch and clearance is. They are disgusting and scarily hardy creatures.

For the birds, it's rich pickings as the void deck is covered with fleeing insects. Not sure the chemical is healthy for them but the council guys must breathe it in all day and they seem fine with it.