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C. from New York, Ny writes,

How do prevent German Cockroaches from moving with me?

I moved into an apartment with German Cockroaches in June. For whatever reason, the problem seems to be isolated to my bedroom and I still see them even after four exterminator visits (two weeks apart, over two months). They gel baited and sprayed. I'm moving because of it and I'm afraid of bringing them with me. I put everything I could inside black garbage bags (double bagged) and left them out in the sun for a few days to a week. I'm having the exterminator come the day before my move and treat my furniture. I'm going to encase my bed and boxspring in plastic. And I'm considering, per the suggestion of my exterminator, "fogging" the moving van (not while it's moving or while we're in it, obviously) with the ProControl fogger. (Note: the only items in my moving van would be the non-washables or stuff that doesn't fit into garbage bags -- mainly my desk, dresser, bed, boxspring, bedframe, desk chair, curtain rods, mop, broom.) I'm being paranoid but it's been a big problem at this place and my room has no food in it and is very clean. Yet I still find them in odd places like in my curtains, etc. Also, my new apartment has a cat and they aren't really down with exterminating/chemicals that could harm us or the cat (understandably!). Anyway -- should this approach work to leave the bugs behind?


German Roaches are one of the hardest roaches to treat for and can take time. There are 3 important products to use in a treatment program for German Roaches, a liquid insecticide, an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) and bait. If your PCO has not mentioned using this in the treatment, this should be a suggestion. The IGR is important because that is considered birth control for insects. It prevents the immature roaches from becoming adults therefore not being able to reproduct. In the bagged items you have, you could use a Nuvan Pro Strip and leave sealed for 2 weeks. Each 16 gram strip treats 100 to 200 cubic feet of space. At your new place I would recommend using our German Roach Control kit right away to go ahead and get a jump on any roaches that may or may not come travel during your move. Please let us know if you have any furthe questions. 

Answer last updated on: 08/21/2014

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