How to Avoid Moving with Pests
One of the worst things you can realize after a move is that you have carried some pests with you. However, this will only be the case if you were not aware of the possibility of moving with pests, which means you didn't take the necessary precautions. Here are some practical measures to help you avoid moving with pests:
Be Wary of Donated Packing Boxes
Do you know that you can move with pests even if your current home doesn't have pest infestation? This is possible if you use packing supplies, such as boxes and filler materials, that have been infested with pests. Salvaging used moving boxes is a common way in which people bring pests into their homes. This is why you need to be extra careful about using used moving boxes and other packing supplies; either evaluate them carefully and even treat them or opt for brand new packing supplies (most moving companies sell these) without pest infestation issues.
Deal with Pest Infestation First
If you know that your current home has been infested with pests, then you need to deal with them first before executing your move. Call pest control services, get rid of the pests' food and water and do everything possible to ensure that you won't be carrying any pests to your new home.
Clean and Dry Your Items before Moving
Pest infestations don't always arrive with a bang; it usually begins with a few pests that quickly multiply and wreaks havoc in the home. Since you may not know you are dealing with pest infestation in these early stages, it is best to err on the side of caution and clean and dry your items before moving. This includes your packing supplies as well as the items with which you wish to relocate. This will help because most pests thrive in moist and dirty places, especially if the dirt is organic.
Use Pest Repellents
It is always advisable to pack in advance when planning a move. Unfortunately, pests might invade your packing boxes and relocate with you to your new destination even if you cleaned and dried the items prior to packing them. A good way to reduce the chances of this happening is to use pest repellents; for example, you can place moth balls in your packed boxes to keep away the pests.
Hopefully, you will not pack any bugs with you the next time you are moving. Talk to a residential moving company for more tips on how to move without carrying any pests.