AIEEE ROACH in my closet

Pooping on my clothing


After DC1 was born we stopped letting the exterminator spray inside.

We’re making an exception now.

Roach poop looks like mouse droppings.

DH convinced me not to burn the house down.

We cleaned all my clothing, moved my shoes out to the patio, washed the walls, vacuumed in depth, put out roach traps, called the exterminator and he sprayed the attic, the garage, the patio, my closet, and our bathroom.

He found no other evidence of roaches, and DH only found the one roach (it was big though! and on one of my dresses!) and said that if we see any more he would bring scarier chemicals.

Also I’m allergic to roaches according to my post DC2 allergy test and am getting a lot fewer hives now.  This is the first chance I’ve had to test that allergy.  Thank goodness.  Oh man I hate them so much.  (Though to be fair I’m also allergic to dust and getting everything clean helps with that too.)

My friend says at least it wasn’t bedbugs.

14 Responses to “AIEEE ROACH in my closet”

  1. independentclause Says:

    UGH. Sympathies. I agree with the bedbug comment.

  2. Steph Says:

    In grad school I once found a roach on my pillow, but at least it didn’t poop there! My sympathies, and I hope they don’t come back!

  3. CG Says:

    Ew, ew, ew! DH travels every week for work and last week he came back with some bites, definitely not mosquito bites. I was hoping so hard that he had not brought us back bedbugs. So far, knock on wood, no one else has gotten bitten. Glad you seem to have resolved the roach issue!!

  4. rose Says:

    I am so sorry! Hope ‘better living through chemistry’ worked!
    Hate the four letter one that begins with L, just thinking it makes my head itch. Your post reminded me of waking in the middle of the night at a friend’s house to find one walking on my body (not recommended!) The BBug (please I never experience in person), but have a friend who is having to heat treat etc her whole house after a tenant brought them in. The expense and discombobulation and problems with treatment not being enough to erradicate are immense.

    • Leah Says:

      My parents had bedbugs brought in by a tenant. They wanted to sell the house. The pest company told them to live in the house again because bedbugs can’t be killed unless they’re active. They’ll only be active with a host to feed off of. So my mom and brother lived there on air mattresses. They kept their clothes in the garage except for a few house sets, and they did laundry daily. I think it took about a month, but I don’t recall properly. I just remember them talking about how awful it was.

      I think they had to disclose in selling the house, which really didn’t help their home value.

  5. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    We have palmetto bugs here; I am unclear on whether they are ‘real’ roaches but they FLY.

    (We do a bug spray inside the house that dries kid/pet safe because The South/ AAA SPIDERS).

  6. Matthew D Healy Says:

    I did my PhD in Zoology at Duke. We had a huge cockroach problem in the Biological Sciences Building because it was basically roach heaven. Lots of yummy food for the roaches (BOTH people food for the scientists AND food for the various species being raised for research), in an old building in a warm humid climate, AND using any sprays whatsoever was absolutely out of the question because insecticides could have messed up everybody’s research. Some of us even studied live insects. Including somebody who had some Madagascar hissing cockroaches (Gromphadorhina portentosa) in their lab…

  7. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    A thousand yucks and all the sympathies.

  8. SP Says:

    Eeeew, I’m so sorry you had to go through this!

    My husband got poison oak, and it presented as little itchy dots. We were pretty convinced it was bedbugs until we figured it out. He never was so glad to have poison oak.

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