Transport the equipment to your place in boxes that you know have no roaches (buy them
new) and do not bring any packing materials they presently have. When unpacking, inspect equipment and
boxes carefully. Trash the boxes anyway, even if you find nothing. If you have (or can rent or borrow)
a DEtached, unheated garage, put the machines in there. Obtain from the hardware store or a Home Depot,
a cheap, plastic (less than 1 mil is ok) tarp that's big enough to enclose all of the machines tightly.
Make it tent or tepee-shaped with a ladder or something, put an insect bomb inside, (up high)
with plenty of space for the insecticide to expand, getting to all parts of the equipment. If the machines
are big, just do a couple at a time. Don't use too much insecticide, everything will get all greasy.
One bomb (small) should be enough no matter how big your tent is. Get the cheapest, smallest bombs
you can, with the largest percentage of active ingredient (doesn't matter what kind). You won't necessarily
kill all of the roaches, but after 4 hours, open up the tent and inspect CLOSELY for any roaches you
might have flushed from their hiding places. If you do this and get ZERO roaches, you can be reasonably
safe in assuming that there are no roaches in the equipment. (understand, of course, NOTHING IS FOR
SURE! - even if you did it twice)
However, if you DO get roaches inside the house, (now, or any
other time) it is not difficult, nor expensive, to get rid of roaches in a single-family home, for you
OR for an exterminator. Do remember, that the procedure would be different if you had roaches inside
your house. I did explain that on our web page, in case you didn't see or read all of it. There you
will find even more advice on how not to bring home roaches. The address is:
And if there is anything I haven't explained well enough,
please get back to me.