The tropics are great incubators for big bugs and we have our share of big cockroaches. We have so many of them that the locals just take them for granted and don’t even react to them. They are very active at night and on any trip down to the kitchen after dark, they will be in full control–running all over the kitchen counter (where this one is) and going in and out under the backdoor. And then on any given morning 3-5 of them could be lying on their backs dead or moribund in the kitchen, another 2-3 in the breakfast area, another few in the living room, etc. They are just a fact of life. I was really surprised yesterday because I was in a parking lot and one big roach started sauntering across and a Cambodian man stepped on it! Usually it’s only the foreigners who freak out at them.