Moving is a chore that requires several weeks or months of preparation and plenty of focus. While you’re busy concentrating on the boxes, bubble wrap, and making sure you don’t break your favourite vase, you might be overlooking one issue: insects. Several varieties of insect, including fleas and cockroaches, can hitch a ride and infest your new home.
Here are a few tips to help keep your move as insect free as possible
Identify Any Insect Infesting Your Home
- Cockroaches. In addition to the insects themselves, look for droppings, which look like coffee grounds, a musty odour, and the ootheca, or small oval egg cases.
- Bedbugs. Bedbugs are approximately the size of an apple seed, brown or reddish in colour, and will live in the seams of your mattress, between your mattress and the headboard, or inside your closets or dresser drawers.
- Fleas. There are several varieties of fleas. However, the ones that will invade your home are very small, black or brown in colour, appear flat, and will jump when you find them. In addition to checking your pets, check your carpets, upholstered furniture, and beds for fleas.
Once you’ve identified any pests, contact pest control business to get rid of these pests.
Check Your Belongings for Insects
Before you put any of your belongings inside boxes, check them thoroughly for insects. In addition to looking over your clothing, linens, towels, throw rugs, mattresses, stuffed animals, and upholstered furniture, check your electronics for pests. Insects are naturally drawn to the heat produced by electronics, making them an ideal spot to hide.
Don’t forget to check your houseplants for insect as well.
Choose the Right Packing Materials
Used cardboard boxes from the local supermarket can help you save money. Unfortunately, if you gather used boxes from the grocery store, your friend’s garage, or your parent’s basement, you could be inadvertently infesting your home with insects. If you choose to utilize cardboard boxes, check them for pest infestations.
Even if your boxes aren’t infested, make sure to store them in a clean space to protect them from insects.
The best way to stay pest-free is to pack your items in plastic bags and plastic storage totes. If the plastic is sealed tight, the insects will not survive.