All this wet weather has apparently made our house haven to all sorts of vile critters. A week ago, I was opening the door to the garage from the office/den when I spotted a cockroach scurrying about. I killed it, thinking it was a sole roach that had lost its way. Wishful thinking — where there’s one roach, there almost certainly are dozens more!
We bought some Roach Motels, and two more checked in. A couple of days ago, I spied a roach inside the office! They had breached our defenses and were inside the house! This meant war, so I purchased a box of Hot Shot MaxAttrax Nest Destroyer Roach Bait and a tube of Boric Acid. Rae, Randy, and I positioned the baits and sprinkled the boric acid in strategic locations throughout the garage.
When I returned home from work this evening, no dead roaches were present near the baits, but I noticed something small, something dark in the back of the garage. Sure enough, it was a roach. I proceeded to encircle him with boric acid. After creating the boric acid moat, my eye started itching. I went inside to wash it and when I returned, the roach was gone!
With Randy’s help, we found another roach underneath the wheel of Rae’s road bike. I’m not sure if it’s the same roach or not, but I poured a bunch of boric acid powder on top of it. I felt like Donovan spraying the red dust on the V aliens!
Looking from the photos, what type of cockroach has taken residence in our house? American, German, Oriental, Brown-Banded, or Wood? I’d have to say that our roaches are either American or Oriental. Your opinions? Any thoughts on how our roach control strategy?
If I see any more elsewhere in the house — such as the kitchen or bathrooms — I’m calling the exterminator! Ghastly things!
Update 4/12/2006: Randy and I ventured back into the garage yesterday and found several more roaches. There were three of them entering the house from underneath the garage door. They must be drying to stay dry from the wet weather! We lined the length of the garage door with boric acid and placed additional baits near that area. Later that evening, I even saw two roaches dining on MaxAttrax!