WHEN Gladys Baba (43) cooks for her family, she has to be very careful.

There is always a chance that cockroaches might fall in the pot! Cockroaches came out of nowhere and took over Gladys’ house in Samora Machel, Cape Town, where she lives with her six kids.

“This situation is not a joke,” she said.

“Ever since these cockroaches came into our lives, we can’t find peace. We need help. We want to enjoy a cup of tea without cockroaches swimming in the cup!”

Gladys said she was once in a taxi when a passenger caught a cockroach on her shoulder.

“He gave it back to me and said, here’s your cockroach, madam. I was so embarrassed.

“I need to think twice before I offer a visitor tea or food because I might dish up cockroaches. Instead of getting better the problem is becoming worse.

“I have tried using many household insecticides, but nothing works. It seems the more I try to kill them the more they multiply.”

Daily Sun visited her house and found cockroaches all over the place.

“They eat everything including the electricity cables! We are afraid they’re coming for us. We are the only thing they haven’t tasted.”

A neighbour said he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said the neighbour.

KD Kheswa, a 25-year veteran sangoma from Nyanga kasi, said she has never associated cockroaches with curses.

“If you keep your house clean, there will be no cockroaches. Make sure there is no food or dirty dishes left in the sink before going to sleep,” she advised.

Mayoral committee member for Area South, Councillor Eddie Andrews, said:

“The environmental health department will investigate this particular complaint and institute any remedial action deemed necessary, including identifying and eliminating possible breeding sources.

“ However, to minimise pest infestation, we appeal to residents to ensure that they keep their immediate surroundings waste-free and implement good housekeeping with regard to food storage.