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How to get rid of roaches from electronics, furniture, car & clothing before you move?

Moving out due to a roach problem is a nightmare in itself, and you must be extra careful not to carry them with you to have the problem again.

Before you move out, try this remedy for the last time, and you might not need to move out altogether.

So I won’t waste a second and will jump straight to the methods and steps you can use to remove roaches from your belongings to make sure you pack them safely to a new place.

To avoid roaches in your new place, don’t pack in cardboard boxes; instead, use plastic boxes with air lids. Wash all of your linings & fabrics and store them in air-tight plastic bags. Make sure to remove roaches from your electronic devices or leave them behind if heavily infested. Also, thoroughly check your furniture as that can be a free ride for roaches to your new place.

So before you plan to move to a new place, check this guide. It may help you get rid of roaches altogether or reduce the quantity to make the shifting easy.

Before you read further, just a quick question. Tired of cockroaches and looking for a permanent solution?

Stop wasting your time, invest in these products and follow this guide: How to get rid of roaches? You will be roach-free in 10-20 days.

1. Max Force Glue Traps
2. Advion Gel Baits
3. Harris Powder Bait
4. Gentrol Insect Growth Regulator
5. Loctite Foam Sealent


Optional Items
1. Gel Bait Professional Gun
2. Torch
3. Powder Bait Puffer
4. Insecticide Spray to kill a reveled colony in a single shot

Steps to get rid of roaches from your electronics when you are moving out.

There are many ways to get rid of roaches from your electronics, but the one I am going to share here is going to work for sure, will be to the point, and you will be dead sure of not carrying roaches with you.

Items required:

  1. Disposible Helium Tank (Amazon Link)
  2. Vaccum Storage Bags (Amazon Link)
  3. Vaccum Cleaner (Amazon Link)
  4. Gentrol Insect Growth Regulator (Amazon Link)

Small Ecletronics:

  1. Keyboards
  2. Mouse
  3. Speakers
  4. Routers
  5. Disk Players
  6. Door Bells & more…

All you need to do for small electronic items is put them in one of the vacuum storage bags and fill it with helium gas (From the sealable side).

Fill the gas inside the bag until it blows out like a balloon and excess gas starts purging from the vacuum plug.

Activate one Gentrol Growth Regulator and put it inside the bag.

Now seal the bag and use a vacuum pump to take out all air from the bag till all electronics are tightly packed in the storage bags.

The roaches or any babies inside them will die due to:

  1. Absense of air to breath
  2. Absense of water & moisture to survive

The presence of the Gentrol regulator will make sure that no additional eggs will hatch.

Medium Size Electronics:

  1. Microwave Oven
  2. Toaster
  3. Sandwich Make
  4. Rice Maker
  5. Computer Screens
  6. Computer’s CPU & more…

For larger electronics, you will have to use one bag per device. The process is the same. Replace the normal air with helium, place a Gentrol Insect Regulator inside the bag, and extract all air out with a vacuum cleaner after air tightening the seal.

The roaches will die in a day or two. Keep the packs closed for a week or so to be on the safer end.

Larger Electronics:

  1. Fridge
  2. Diswasher
  3. Washing Machine
  4. Dryer
  5. Vaccum Machines
  6. Air Purrifiers & more…

For larger electronic devices, this method will not work. However, you can use alternate ways to get roaches from these.

Killing roaches to death by eliminating all water sources is an excellent and clean method to get rid of roaches. Follow these steps to get rid of roaches from more oversized electronic items.

  • Put all electronics inside a room where its moisture free
  • Close all taps properly if there is a washroom beside it
  • Get a Hot Shot Trapper and killer bait which have water as an attraction source
  • Place the trapper near each electronic device, inside placed you csan stick it etc
  • Activate a Gentrol Insect Controller and attach it at the back of one electronic device

The trapper will kill the roaches and their nests inside the electronics, and you will have Roach Free Electronic devices in your new place.

Other methods you can use to get rid of roaches from electronics

You can also use alternative methods to get rid of roaches from electronics.

1. Freeze roaches to death

Freezing electronic devices to get rid of roaches is a prevalent method in which you have to freeze your electronic device for around 24 hours to get rid of roaches.

However, make sure your electronic device doesn’t have a screen and battery, or you can damage your device.

2. Insecticide Spray

You can also use insecticide spray or foggers to get rid of roaches. To use the sprays, put all devices in a room and open a single bomb in the room. Then, close the room for a few days, and you will have no roach left in the devices.

Use IGR device to take care of newly hatching babies. Activate one and keep with the electronic devices.

Steps to get rid of roaches from your furniture when you are moving out.

Using already infested furniture in your new home is one of the top reasons to move roaches in. Therefore, it is always recommended to examine a piece of old furniture for roaches and bugs when purchasing.

The best way to get rid of roaches from your old furniture can vary depending on the type and style of a particular item.

Step 1. Disassemble all

So the first step or method for getting rid of roaches from furniture is to disassemble it. If it’s a bed, take out the mattress, the wooden sheets beneath it, and open all nuts. For dressers, remove all drawers. Change its location and examine it from beneath.

Disassembling your furniture will clarify the level of infestation in it. If you don’t see any roach coming out while disassembling it, you will be already pretty good to go.

But make sure to examine every corner to look for the level of roach infestation.

The underside of couches is a great hiding spot for roaches, so make sure to flip the couches to look at them from underneath.

Step 2. Clean Everything

Physically cleaning every part with a dampened cloth can help remove any attached egg cases or baby roaches. Take 2 tablespoons of boric acid and mix in 2 liters of water. Then dip a dusting cloth in it, and squeeze out extra water.

Applying the boric acid mix with a cloth will keep roaches away from your furniture.

Step 3. Bring the furniture inside a closed room

The next step to get rid of roaches from furniture is to remove its water and food source. Roaches can’t survive more than a week without water so that you can get rid of them.

Bring all furniture in a room at once, or if the room is small, you can do the same process in batches. Just don’t mix the treated furniture with the old infested one.

Once the furniture is in the room, place Hot Shot Trapper and killer bait everywhere. The remaining or hiding roaches will consume the bait and will die. That’s it.

Roaches won’t quickly re-infest your furniture, so don’t overdo something.

How to get rid of roaches from your car when you are moving out?

Your car may also be infested with roaches, and they will go with you to the next place.

It’s essential to make your car roach-free before you move on.

I have written a complete article on how to make your car roach-free; however, I will summarize the main points here.

To get rid of roaches in your car,

Step 1: Identify the level of infestation

Step 2: Mobilize the roaches from hiding by parking your car in the sun to raise its temperature or manually remove mats, wrappers, or loose items.

Step 3: Kill roaches using gel bait, insecticide spray, or boric acid.

Step 4: Prevent roaches from getting into your car by regularly cleaning your car, using roach repellents, and using IGR spray to prevent baby roaches from maturing into adults.

How to get rid of roaches from your clothes, curtains, bedsheets?

Getting rid of roaches from your clothes, bedsheets, curtains, etc., is super easy. All you have to do is wash them clean. Roaches can not stang the tumbling, nor do they can breathe underwater. The chemicals from the detergents will also kill them.

Once you have washed and dried your fabrics, keep them packed in a plastic bag to avoid taking the roaches with you to the new place.

General precuasions to take care while moving out to avoid brining roaches with you

Here is a list of generic things you should take care of while moving to a new place to avoid taking roaches with you to a new place.

1. Avoid Cardboard boxes

Cardboard boxes have great hiding spots which can help the roaches move to a new place, so avoid using them. If you still plan to use these, get a brand new from a local store or Amazon.

I will recommend using these cheap bags, which can accommodate a lot of stuff and are a secure way to move things around. You can buy these from Amazon.

A blue storage bag which can be used in moving as replacement of carboard boxes to avoid roaches

2. Treat all of your belongings with an Insecticide

We had been through a pandemic, and we have seen how sanitizing stuff is done. You have to do the same with an insecticide spray to make sure you don’t take any roach with you.

3. Vacuum your stuff while you pack

Vacuuming things will be an additional defense line to make you roach-free when moving out.

4. Heat or Cool your belongings

Roaches die above 50°C (125°F) or below freezing points. You can heat your belongings by keeping them in direct sun, packed in a plastic bag. This will create a greenhouse effect to raise the temperatures to kill the roaches.

If it’s cold and below 0°C (32°F), you can keep your belongings in a garage to kill the roaches. This will prevent roaches in your new home.

5. Use Glue Traps around your furniture and stuff before bringing them in

Before taking out your belongings from the truck, place a glue trap inside or near your stuff to check on the situation. If you don’t see a single roach for 2-3 days, then bring your stuff in, else reevaluate everything.

6. Place gel baits from day one at your new location

So once you move to your new place, it is wise to place gel baits and IGR regulators before you even unpack. This will eliminate any roach that has got a free ride. Follow this guideline to do so.

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