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Boric acid is your best long term control, but a bomb every two weeks will prevent any hatchlings making more, in a couple months you should be clean, except for reinfection.
One thing that will help, NEVER bring provisions aboard in cardboard boxes, thats one major source of infections, PITA, but use plastic grocery bags. Only a little slower. Plus you can bag burnable trash in them to take to a dumpter.
Boric acid is super safe for you, deadly to roaches, it blocks their breathing. And as you say, its also good for wood. Its a win/win.
If you go cruising its good to have a couple bombs just in case. But never, ever, bring provisions aboard in cardboard boxes, you'll almost certainly be reinfecting your home.
Years ago I worked for a pet store chain, we were spending big money monthly to exterminators to keep our stores in malls clean. Then we found out the major item the exterminators used was boric acid, so we started doing it ourself and actually got better control as the store managers w ere very industrious at getting the powder in more dark places and cranies. I would use a bomb for a one time massive infestation, but long term boric acid is your best friend.