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I recently went to a family members’ home to visit and didn’t realize until it was too late that they have a german roach infestation. I am pregnant and the point of the trip was to get some stuffed animals I had there when I was a kid. I am concerned because I thought that I wouldn’t have a problem as long as I washed the toys immediately, but my husband won’t allow them in the house. And after I mentioned that I had seen one in the car, I don’t blame him! However, I was wondering if there was a way to prevent the roaches from entering the house on/in the stuffed animals. I have them outside in garbage bags at the moment and I also cleared out my suitcase and inspected it and put all of the clothes in garbage bags to be washed at the laundromat. Please help! My husband and I are horrified that these things are going to end up in the house!
No doubt roaches can live on and in stuffed animals. The folds, spaces and voids of the material is an ideal location for them when given the chance, they’ll readily take advantage of any they can find close to food. To be sure the ones you have are roach free, storing them out of the home in plastic bags is the first step. Next, you’ll want to place some of the ROACH GEL into each bag too. This will readily be found and consumed by any roaches that might be present and once they eat it, they’ll die. The use of the gel is by far the safest method of treating given the item that’s infested and with you being pregnant. In fact the gel doesn’t have to contact the animals at all; you only need to have some placed in the bag and they’ll find it since they will no doubt be starving.
Once the gel is applied, let it sit in the bags for at least 2 weeks. In fact I would say to let the treatment sit for 6 weeks to be 100% sure you don’t miss any egg sacs that might hatch following the initial treatment. This is the general guideline we use when treating homes and apartments and the same time line applies regardless of what you’re targeting. By waiting it out this long you’ll be sure to break the cycle.
Here’s a direct link to the roach gel and more information on roaches:
Roach Gel Explained: http://www.germanroaches.com/roach-control#roach_bait
Roach Gel in Cart: http://www.bugspraycart.com/bait/gel/maxforce-magnum-roach-gel-1-oz
Roach Control Article: http://www.germanroaches.com/roach-control