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Old 06-09-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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They are disgusting and if I had them in my house, it would drive me nuts. Have you seen Texas scorpions yet? Hahaha! Although cockroaches don't hurt anyone, they're full of diseases of all kinds. The sting of the scorpion is painful.

It takes time to get "kind of" used to the bugs here. I still have a really tough time when I see a scorpion in my house. They are just so mean looking and yes...they do crawl on ceilings as do the roaches.

A gecko was crawling up my living room wall last night. I think they're cute. I did see a scorpion a few nights ago in my storage shed, but I haven't seen one in my house for a few years now.

After hearing some roach stories, I'm totally blessed they don't live in my house.

Good luck! I feel your pain about these sickening and useless southern bugs.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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I moved several pieces of stacked wood in my back-yard and there were sooo many roaches and other bugs it was hilarious.
I used to be deadly afraid of bugs (and still dislike some spiders a lot) but somehow that changed (?) and I couldn't help the chuckles seeing some roaches flee in panic. There was one really big one with long antennas - looked like out of a cartoon
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:25 AM
 
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I'm almost afraid to ask this question b/c of the answer, but I keep finding these little brown balls in the house. If we had a dog or cat, I'd think it was their food pebbles! It is the shape and color of them. I found a few in a doll box and this morning when I opened the pantry, there was 1 on the floor (definitely was not there last night so I know it isn't a piece of food my kids dropped and it dried out).

Is this something from a lizard? Can't imagine a cockroach making/carrying this?

I haven't seen a roach since that one (we've kept the drains closed since then, so I am assuming it came out of the tub) and I was just starting to relax! Obviously something is in the house...

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I'm almost afraid to ask this question b/c of the answer, but I keep finding these little brown balls in the house. If we had a dog or cat, I'd think it was their food pebbles! It is the shape and color of them. I found a few in a doll box and this morning when I opened the pantry, there was 1 on the floor (definitely was not there last night so I know it isn't a piece of food my kids dropped and it dried out).

Is this something from a lizard? Can't imagine a cockroach making/carrying this?

I haven't seen a roach since that one (we've kept the drains closed since then, so I am assuming it came out of the tub) and I was just starting to relax! Obviously something is in the house...
A picture would be helpful. It could be something as innocuos as a dead pill-bug.
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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We got it figured out (I'm pretty sure, at least)....I am just so jumpy about the critters here in TX that I didn't even think to ask my 4 yr old first. I called the owners and they didn't know what I was talking about....So I finally thought to ask her if she put her hotdogs in the doll box and she said yes. I then asked her if she got up in the middle of the night while we were sleeping and she said yes and when I asked what she did, she said she came in the kitchen and opened the pantry...So I'm going to assume it is her and somehow she dropped, kicked, etc. another piece of hotdog in the pantry.

I feel so stupid! I need to relax about this place. Lol (Hopefully that really is the reason, though)

To the last poster, it was huge. I know what a pill bug looks like, so it wasn't that. Like the size of dried up piece of hotdog, lol.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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I forgot to mention watch out for mice, snakes and other nasties. I had a mouse in my apartment for months before I finally got rid of him, and to this day no clue how he got it. He got in my pantry and nibbled on my lasagna noodles. A neighbor of mind found a snake in her apartment in her dogs water bowl.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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I'm almost afraid to ask this question b/c of the answer, but I keep finding these little brown balls in the house. If we had a dog or cat, I'd think it was their food pebbles! It is the shape and color of them. I found a few in a doll box and this morning when I opened the pantry, there was 1 on the floor (definitely was not there last night so I know it isn't a piece of food my kids dropped and it dried out).

Is this something from a lizard? Can't imagine a cockroach making/carrying this?

I haven't seen a roach since that one (we've kept the drains closed since then, so I am assuming it came out of the tub) and I was just starting to relax! Obviously something is in the house...
I believe they're gecko eggs. I have them all over my garage, storage shed, and in my storm cellar. The ones I see are not really brown though...more of a tan color.
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:46 PM
 
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You can have a spotless house and still get roaches. Some roaches will eat soap, books, paper and glue. For instance, my sil is a neat freak and has a good professional pest service but they keep coming back. They are now thinking perhaps its the vapor shield under her pier and beam house that the roaches like. It's the darnest thing.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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My MIL recommended that I spray Raid at every threshold of our house - doors, windows, fireplace, etc. That cut down the "palmetto bugs" and other visitors we've had. Ugh. I think rentals that have been vacant are the worst candidates for visitations - I know mine had been empty for a while before we moved in and it's taken a few weeks to send them all packing!
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:46 PM
 
Location: East Dallas
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Call them waterbugs if you want but they are roaches to me. I have been toying with the idea of using some of the roach killer that leaves a barrier that you can find at Home Depot.

I am just concerned with my two goldens who check everything out.
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