BEFORE YOU MOVE |
After the exterminator does his thing, use virgin packing boxes and materials to
pack up. Don't use boxes from the grocery store, or any other USED boxes. Certainly not any boxes that
were in the infested area. Pack up as you normally would, but pack small appliances separately from
your other items as you may have roaches inside those. Small items, like clocks, toasters, etc., should
be packed in sealed plastic bags. Try to do that for larger items, especially those you had in the kitchen,
such as microwaves and other appliances. Anything containing electric motors is a known harborage for
roaches. Inspect all those items closely, before you pack them, checking for infestations. In an infested
area, consider them as suspect and potentially tainted. Bag them even if you saw nothing, there could
be eggs inside. Roaches can stand microwaves and escape the heat, so just because your toaster and microwave
is harmful to you, the roaches are survivors.
Cabinets, dressers and other items that you know
are infested, that are coming with you, should be emptied completely, put all contents in those black
plastic contractor's bags for your move. Avoid cardboard boxes, they can offer many hiding places for
The dressers and cabinets going with you should be treated with a residual insecticide
(NOT RAID) before your move and after they're empty. Pay particular attention to the inside, the corners,
the tops AND bottoms of drawers and shelves, and any areas or details where roaches can hide. A professional
is best equipped for this, he'll use the residual with a growth regulator which inhibits the development
of new roaches. (There may be other methods he will use, depending on circumstances.
can't live in temperatures over 125 degrees, so you could put small appliances in black plastic bags
and leave them in the sun for a day or two. Some smaller items you could even put in the oven, turned
on "warm" (just as long as it's over 125 degrees) for at least 6 hours, so that an internal temperature
of 125 degrees is reached.
AT YOUR NEW PLACE
When you get to your new place, unpack these
bags and boxes OUTSIDE and wash all the washables (clothes) in hot, soapy water to kill any hiding roaches.
Obtain a few glueboards you can use as "detectors" to see if you have brought any along. NO BOMBS,
for the same reasons. If you are going to another apartment, ask your future landlord to have your apt
treated before you arrive, and tell them IMMEDIATELY if you see any roaches (yours or theirs) in your
new place! Don't try and do it yourself, you pay for an exterminator in your rent.
If you're moving to a single-family home that's YOURS, you would be well advised (if
you want to be POSITIVE) to employ a professional exterminator to treat the house beforehand. Look for
one that will supply a full, complete treatment on a one-time basis. I would only sign any kind of contract
if I KNEW there were roaches inside the house. You'll probably be better off if you skip the biggies
and get a trusted, local independent. Get references.