I am in a really depressing, squalid situation, and I need some help.
Recently, I was forced to move out of my mother’s house due to a really bad family disagreement. I had almost no time to find a place and have had to move in with friends of mine. Said friends are *complete and total slobs* that do as little as they possibly can manage toward keeping the house clean. As a result, there is a horrific German cockroach infestation in the house. I was not aware of this before I moved in or I would never have come here!
I am, however, stuck, until I can save the money to find a better housing arrangement. The problem is… how can I avoid moving these little nasties with me when I actually do manage to move? I have a couch, some chairs and a few electronics that I am concerned about. What is the easiest way to de-roach my possessions so I don’t end up with the same problem elsewhere?
When moving from a roach infested situation there is always a risk some roaches will hitch a ride on either clothing or something else you pack. Since they love to eat the glue most any box uses to keep it together, the packaging you use could be what they find attractive. Additionally, they love to hide amongst the innards of common appliances, tools, books, paperwork and most anything you’ll be packing. To avoid this problem during the packing stage of your transition, you can do a two step preventive treatment that will usually handle any that slip by and migrate with you.
Since roaches are motivated by food and shelter, it’s paramount that you don’t transport anything you consider to be food. By not carrying any food in your packaging, you’ll be at least severely limiting if not eliminating the prime reason why roaches tend to move onto or with anything in the first place. But just in case any do find their way into your packaging, the best way to prevent them from living is to pack away at least one ROACH BAIT STATION with each box. The food attractant in these stations roaches love and will remain active up to three months. Placing them inside the boxes you pack will serve as a first defense taking full advantage of their lure for food. Once they feed, they’ll die within a couple of days and they won’t be able to propagate or get established either in the box or in your new home.
The second phase of preventing them is to “bait up” the new residence with fresh ROACH GEL (and the Bait Stations you find as you unpack). The Gel needs to be applied before you unpack and then the Bait Stations from your boxes should be applied to anything with a shelf or drawer like cabinets, pantries, closets, dressers, night tables, etc. Any unused Stations or left over units can be stored in the zip lock bag they came with and used in the future. So upon arrival or a day or two before if the location is available, you’ll need to place the gel throughout all the rooms making small “grain of rice” placements every 2-3 feet. The key locations will be where all your belongings will be placed since this will be the most likely place roaches will be active. And you need to do this whether the new location has roaches or not. This way when you unpack, any roaches that “hitched a ride” and escape will be instantly drawn to the gel in case they hadn’t fed upon the Roach Stations you should have used. Again, this process relies on the fact that roaches are motivated by food and that they like to eat daily. By offering them something in the boxes and the new residence, any that make it unseen will meet their demise as soon as they attempt to forage.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Roach Bait Stations: http://www.bugspray.com/item/157755.html
Roach Control Article: