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Bryn writes,

How do you "pre-treat" an apartment?

I have never lived in an apartment before and I am moving into one at the end of the month. I know one bad apple can spoil a bunch when it comes to apartment complexes and the insects that also make themselves at home there. I am a very clean person and to be truthfully honest, roaches make me cry! ( I am very afraid of them). Is there anything I can do to safeguard my apartment prior to moving in so that I can do my best to ward off potential bugs. If so, how can I go about maintenance?


Living in an apartment is definitely a situation you have to monitor closely.  You may be very clean but a bad neighbor who is not can cause their roach problem to move into your apartment.  To battle this issue, and to treat before you move in, you should get the roach control kit #2. The kit comes with a spray which is Demon WP.  You will need a 1 gallon hand pump sprayer which does not come with the kit  but we do sell if you don't have one.  Demon WP is a powder you mix with water in a 1 gallon sprayer and apply to all of the baseboards, underneath appliances, where pipes go into the wall under the sinks and behind toilets, water heater closet, etc.  Demon WP will kill all insects, and should provide a good knock down before you move in and ensure anything crawling around is dead. The other products in the kit, roach gel and IGR, should be put out only if you see a roach so you can get rid of the problem before it gets worse.

Answer last updated on: 07/15/2011

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