living in lagos can be very interesting, lagos can be more fun and other annoying especially when you stay in an area where the household pest is the king of the hood. I love the idea of them of them being around anyways but I am not cool with the idea of them being the king around the hood I reside.
Lagosian are interesting people too, the more fun part about landlords and the sub landlords in lagos is the ability of the either of them succumb; in case you are wondering who the sub landlords are, they are the household pest who has overtaken the house from the real owner.
I will be discussing about five household pest who have the same right as the landlords of most houses in lagos.

1. Rat.

Rat is one of the rodent family scientifically known as Rattus rattus, one major thing most people do not know about rat which are present as household pest in lagos is; they enjoy most of the food which are left in the trash cans daily, most of them do not have to enter into your house to get fed. Lagos seems to have the largest size of rat compare to all other south-south state, lagos is center of excellence and the average number of people who eat and trash food remains in lagos daily is higher than any other state so you can imagine why the rat here in lagos gets fatter and drag ownership with the real owners of the house they occupy.


One household pest I am no fan of is cockroaches, I hate them with passion; apart from the fact that they are very harmful to our everyday activities, white cockroach is the major causal organism for leprosy and a lot of people has died of this aliment. Cockroaches in lagos are just like the rats but the only difference is how they get killed easily; they are not as skillful as the rat in the area of trying to protect themselves from humans’ danger. They are usually much in a home where people often leave used plates unwashed for days. They find it easy to form a colony since they give birth through laying of eggs unlike the rat who give birth to their young ones alive.

3. House flies.

Lagos state has the highest number of dirty area; having flies arounds every house in lagos is a very common thing since most places in lagos are full of dirty and dirt is often accompanied with flies; but the ones which now take over the house from the landlords is the soak away flies, almost every houses in Nigeria has one or two soak away which prevent wastes from the toilet from causing pollution to the environment at large. Flies from soak away which were dugged to help prevent unwanted smell often take over the environment in lagos.

4. Fruits weevils.

The most abundant eatable substance in lagos is often fruits, when you get to spar, fruits villages and even on the side way of the road; you will definitely find people selling or hawking fruits anyway in lagos state. This is what causes the large number of many fruit weevils we see around, secondly; most fruits which are being sold in lagos are grown using fertilizers, we are then prone to higher numbers of fruits weevils in the state. Fruit weevils there gets to the houses through buying and selling of fruits, eating them and throwing the seed and weevils who are great fans of sweet nectar comes around and form a major home in our homes thereby over ruling the real owners of the house.

5. Mosquitoes.

Giants are often associated with digested waste food product either from the anus or those food substances which are decomposed through biochemical activities. Do you know that the numbers of mosquitoes available in the atmosphere in Lagos is higher compare to other cities, this is due to the fact that we have a more increased number of decomposed food which are thrown on the ground daily and most of these giants finds their ways into our homes thereby over taking our ownership right over the house. Have you found in a situation where you keep saying ‘’ I don’t know why this pest keep acting as if we pay the house rent together? It could be fun sometimes when those little creatures deals with lagosians. What I’m trying to say here we have a larger size of dirty gutter with unhealthy water and much dirty environment.

Written by ; Temi Badmus

Temi Badmus
Temi Badmus
Temi Badmus is a Food scientist and an Art enthusiast. Her desire is to give a listening ear to people and to give an opportunity for everyone to be heard. Has any one told you that you are special? Yes, you are. You were beautifully designed, you are relevant to this generation and very special to me. Connect with me on LinkedIn

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