Post # 1
I live in Texas, and once it started getting cold I have seen 3 giant roaches in the past 2-3 months, and this is 3 too many!
I’ve done some research, but most of the info I found is for the more common little peskers, not the giant ones.
I think they are coming through my pipes b/c I found one inside the dishwasher, one was in our laundry room by the sink, and the other in the bathroom. Is this possible? What about if I pour bleach down all the pipes?
How can I prevent them from coming in? I’ve read caulking areas around pipes, but we’ve already done that…
Do traditional roach traps catch the freakishly big ones?
Uggh my skin is crawling just thinking about it, I’m so paranoid in my own house!!!! 🙁
Any advise is EXTREMELY appreciated!!
Post # 3
ew ew ew!!! I would call an exterminator. Like…right this very second.
Post # 4
I am sorry, but if you see one, there is a lot more, and you have seen three, so…
If I were you, I would call an exterminator NOW!!!
Post # 5
Another vote for an exterminator. I’m chicken shit when it comes to bugs. They give me the heebie jeebies.
Post # 6
From what I understand the bigger roaches usually live outside and they find ways to migrate inside when it gets colder out. We live in NC and it’s around this time of the year that we usually see 1 or 2. I think you could call an exterminator and have them spray under your house. The smaller roaches (german?) are the ones that are much harder to get rid of.
Post # 7
gross! i’m from the south, so i know those things well. i would just hire someone to do a home check and look for spots they can get in.
fyi: it’s caulking 🙂
Post # 8
@kitzy: OMG, haha, I know that! I can’t believe I spelled it that way! oops!
I’m calling to get quotes right now, I’m officially freaked out!
Post # 9
Absolutely get an exterminator! I had roaches in an old house I used to rent and they were EVERYWHERE thanks to my neighbors. So gross!
But another poster was right – if you see one, there are a ton more, and the best way to get rid of them is through an exterminator bombing the house. You’ll find dead ones here and there, but they loooove warm, moist places which is why you’re seeing them in your laundry room, dishwasher and bathroom.
Good luck! Hope they get rid of them for you!
Post # 10
Since you live in Texas, you need to have an exterminator treat your house on a regular basis (quarterly) to avoid finding these types of surprises. Usually the exterminator treats the attic, exterior of the home, kitchen, and bathrooms.
Post # 11
Ok so we have been in our house for a year now but I know what you are saying I am from Michigan where only dirty people have roaches then I moved to the swamp LOL South Florida where roaches randomly enter through your garage. We have developed a very close relationship with a guy name Mike our exterminator he sprays the outside and the inside on normal basis and comes with a gurantee.
Post # 12
I would get an exterminator MONTHLY. Seriously… i live in NYC and have the same type… turns out i get panic attacks when I see them. But luckily management has been amazing. Our super plugged up all the holes in our apartment they can fit through (any crack 1/2″ or more). BF and I also put down boric acid every 6 months (bad if you have pets and my exterminator says that it doesnt work because it absorbs moisture from the air, but it has panned out well for us, so i am suggesting it!) and combat makes large roach baits that we put down every 3 months (roaches will eat the bait, go back to the nest and die, then other roaches will eat the poison through the dead one, ets. etc.). The exterminator puts down sticky traps. We also have upped our cleaning. I bleach wipe the countertop and stove after we finish washing dishes, and all of our garbage/recycling bins have covers on them.
As far as there being a bunch more, that is more true of the smaller type of cockroach. the ones you are seeing are american cockroaches, and they don’t breed as much!
we have been seeing them less and less frequently (i should knock on wood!)
As a side note, my therapy for this has been working, i read your post without my anxiety going up at all! yaay me! if you also need advice on how to conquer the anxiety, feel free to PM me!
Post # 13
PS don’t kill any with your shoe, it can spread the eggs. we have a can of raid in every room and we spray those suckers to kill them!
Post # 14
if you dont have pets- boric acid works great- and it cheap
Post # 15
Thanks ya’ll. I also read about boric acid, but we have a dog…so maybe I’ll just pour it down drain and around the foundation of the house.
Its fustrating b/c our house is very clean, we never leave food out, and the one that I saw in the kitchen was inside the dishwasher, which makes me think its piping related. (we lived through the whole summer not seeing any bugs whatsoever) but once it got cold outside, now we’ve seen 3 🙁 uggghhhh!
Also, we have a pool and have been leaving the back door open (we have a screen door) but we don’t close the actual back door b/c its kind of sticky, so these jerks may be coming from this!
Post # 16
@AnnieAAA – roaches and other bugs are common in Texas (no matter how clean your house is).
Did you have luck finding an exterminator? I have a dog too, so I ask for the least toxic option (as I don’t want my dog walking pesticide and licking her paws).