Roaches coming from compost, garden, or home?


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Howdy,

I recently started a compost bin in a 32gal black trash can with holes drilled in it. It’s filled with grass clippings, chopped up veggie plant remnants, fruit scraps, and an equal amount of shredded cardboard/paper/sawdust. It doesn’t smell bad and looks like it’s composting nicely so I believe the ratio and moisture is in check. I began seeing a few small roaches in it which was fine with me, I know they’re just doing their job. But now I’ve been seeing the same roaches in my garden on the opposite side of the house, and now a few actually inside the house (about 1-2/day).

We’ve had a couple rains and very slightly cooler weather. My question is: is it possible the source of all these is solely the compost bin? Or could the garden be contributing as well? Are roaches in a garden a thing?

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I don't think I've ever seen a cockroach in my garden or compost pile. Plenty of other bugs though. I do remember when the grocery stores bagged in paper bags, roaches were a thing, and then when they went to plastic bags, the roaches went away. Not sure if that is helpful or not.
 
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In Texas you will have roaches, compost bin, garden or not. The trick is how to control them. Some folks use boric acid, some use a 50/50 mix of baking soda and sugar. Some use diatomaceous earth. And some mix all of them together.
 
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Are you familiar with 'The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers'? Fat Freddy visits Texas and accidentally brings back the super strong, super size, Texan super roach :)
Never heard of them until now. I looked them up and they are supposed to be on Tubi. I check them out
 

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