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Ages ago I blogged about my experiences with Parktown Prawns.
I have just approved a comment from Mike on that post that I couldn’t help but republishing.
We found out about parktown prawns the hard way. One morning, my father woke up one morning and opened his eyes to see the underneath of a large adult prawn sitting on his face. Well, let me just say that his head hit the light fitting.
Since then, I have had a few incidents. I put on shoes, tied the laces and only then did I feel something walking around on my foot. I’m so glad I wear socks with shoes.
A few days ago, I put on a pair of jeans and sat down to put my shoes on and felt a prick in the side of my leg, like a black jack or something. So I rubbed it a bit and the spikey feeling moved all the way down my leg as I prodded at it until a small parktown prawn popped out the bottom.
In the last two weeks, I have had at least one parktown prawn in my house every 2 days. I must have a nest in the garden and my stupid cats seem to enjoy bringing them in to play.
I think the best way to get rid of them is with a tennis racket, a container that can close and a brick. (This is a two man approach):
Approach slowly with the tennis racket while your partner stands by with the container and lid.
Prod the prawn to make it jump.
When it jumps, take a full swing with the racket, if you hit it against the wall hard enough, you may knock it out temporarily.
Quickly, get the prawn in the container before it recovers, move fast, it does not take long.
Find a solid piece of ground outside, this is the messy part.
Shake the container rapidly to knock the prawn out and chuck it on the ground.
Flatten the prawn with the brick.
Clean up the mess before the other prawns find out.
Run inside and lock all the doors and windows.