Cockroaches are common household pests. They have flat bodies designed to fit into tight spaces and can multiply quickly. Most of them are not considered as pests, but a few species give cockroaches their bad name. The German cockroach, a light brown insect with dark stripes on its back, is dreaded by most people. Its small size means it is easily transported from place to place in household items. Populations can reach alarming  numbers before the infestation is noticed. If you are preparing to move, take precautions to ensure that cockroaches don’t hide in your belongings. It only takes one stray insect to infest your home. Follow these tips for a stress-free move.

First and Foremost

If your home is infested with German cockroaches it is critical that you have an appropriate treatment carried out by a cockroach control expert before you start packing.

Why?

Because German cockroaches can infest any household item. Inadequate treatment will only result in you taking live cockroaches into your new home with your belongings.

If you think you don’t have a German cockroach problem in your home and you are moving follow these few simple steps.

Packing for The Move

Examine your belongings carefully before packing them away.  Look for signs of cockroaches, as well as egg cases, and droppings.  Do your packing and sorting in an area well away from the infested site. Wash all your clothing and linen before packing it away and shake or vacuum around suspect items. This includes shoes, toys, clothing and electrical items. Be wary of suitcases, purses, and handbags, as cockroaches can be transferred in these items.

Throw out unwanted items and clutter

Get rid of unwanted items before moving.  Piles of paper, books, and stacks of cardboard can conceal cockroaches.  Check sofas mattresses and armchairs. Electrical items such as toasters, microwaves, coffee machines and game consoles also attract cockroaches. These items are usually warm and offer a dark retreat. With large infestations, it may be better to discard these items and purchase new ones. Try and schedule a pest extermination visit before packing.

Check pot plants for sign of cockroaches.

Most people forget plants, but they are a good hiding spot for cockroaches. They can feed on plant matter and obtain moisture.  If you can’t bear to throw plants away, re-pot them completely before bringing them into your home.  Consider moving them outdoors temporarily.

Store items in sealable containers.

Keeping your goods in plastic tubs with sealable lids offers better security against pests. Cockroaches love cardboard. They will also eat paper and glue if there is no other food source. If you are using  cardboard boxes, make sure that thy are not infested. Try sprinkling boric acid in and around the boxes before sealing, as a temporary cockroach deterrent.

Discard any unwanted or suspect food items before moving. If bringing any food items, make sure they are properly sealed in jars or containers. All cooking utensils and pots and pans should be washed and dried before packing.  A single drop of water can be enough to sustain a cockroach.

Inspect your new home

Have a good look for any signs of German cockroach infestation in your new home, and if you see any make sure it is also treated before moving in. You should check items again for cockroaches when unpacking. If you’re renting, ensure your real estate or landlord is carrying out regular pest control maintenance. Regularly check your home to detect any new invaders

Discard any bags and boxes from moving, as they may contain pests.  Cockroaches also love the creases in paper bags for hiding and laying eggs.  Store food in sealed containers and keep garbage to a minimum. German cockroaches can survive on minimal food, so kitchen hygiene is essential.

Avoid DIY treatment options

This includes home remedies and most of the products found on supermarket shelves. Although it may seem cheaper, they can make the problem worse. These products do not break the breeding cycle, and usually have no long-term effect on cockroaches. A few survivors can cause the population to multiply.  Don’t be tempted to employ cheap pest control services. Take the time to find a reputable company that is established and recognised. They can guarantee work and conduct follow up visits.

Packing, cleaning and throwing away unwanted items is time consuming. It’s also the best way to prevent cockroaches from establishing in your new home. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, cockroaches will persist. We understand the frustration of German cockroaches and can help you get rid of them.

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