Getting Rid of Roaches Before a Move?

I am allergic to most chemicals. What can I do to ensure I don't move these roaches with me to my new place? I have a TV, microwave, radio, and antiques. I also have pets, etc. I can't bomb, I can't spray, I can't hurt the animals, or leave any residue on anything. Is there a solution to this problem?


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January 30, 20171 found this helpful

Here is the link to a great article from Orkin on how to avoid moving cockroaches.

You may have to discard some small electronics and other infested items, but it is worth it in the end.

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January 30, 20170 found this helpful

if you have them now (which it sounds like you do) then they are inside the workings of your tc, and radio and such. I used to work for a utility company and we found them inside outlets, phone jacks and inside peoples telephones.


You probably need a professional to help.

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January 30, 20170 found this helpful

I had a horrific German cockroach infestation (those are the smaller ones) that I effectively did transfer from one rental home to another.

When we finally 'bought' a home I vowed I would not bring them over. But like you I'm not into chemicals.

If I remember correctly, the main things I used were white vinegar and borax.

As quickly as I could, I opened and put away everything in the kitchen area and disposed of the boxes in the curb. I poured gallons, practically, of borax on every surface and on top of the boxes I'd not opened yet. I spread a film of borax everywhere. Especially the corners.


And before putting everything in its home, whether it was an appliance, dishes, pots, or foodstuffs, I would douse it or wipe it down with vinegar.

I only focused on kitchen things and it worked,I didn't see one nasty cockroach in that house for the whole time we lived there.

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