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Old 06-11-2007, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I was out this morning and someone had mentioned that if you have boxes that you say have in storage (like I do and have for going on five months now) that when we eventually move them, they will be cockroach infested.

Okay...is this true??
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Old 06-11-2007, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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It could happen.....is there anything in the boxes that cockroaches might want?
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Old 06-11-2007, 03:59 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Yep, especially if they are in an environment that is not temp controlled. The bugs are attracted to the cardboard. You can even find them in empty boxes because it is a shelter of sorts for them. Get some spray and roach traps at the store and put out in your storage unit. When you do find a house put out stuff before moving in (good to do for rats like putting bait up in the attic, in the garage, etc.). Right after moving in you might call a pest control company to come out and spray and look for signs of unwanted, nonpaying squaters.
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Old 06-11-2007, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Good to know...will do! We are building so it will probably be another five months. <--- Me going batty!
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Old 06-11-2007, 04:15 PM
 
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there are two kinds of cockroaches--big yard bugs that dont really live in the house but come in and out---and the smaller, softer-backed German cockroaches--they eat paper so yes, they could be in those boxes--they can crawl from one storage room to another...even between something so small it does not seem water could get through...
good idea to put out the roach bait but sometimes that is just a snack for them...

I would say you should use a boric acid powder when you are buiding the house to prevent pests from coming in---it is inside the walls which is really better protection than spraying...
read up about it at gardenweb.net--building a home forum--do a search
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:39 PM
 
Location: TX
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Why don't you seal all your boxes with packing tape on all sides and corners that have the flaps before putting them in storage? Then the cockroaches and other critters won't be able to get in.
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Sand Springs, OK
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over the past year we have bought those plastic tubs with the lids (like you pack your Christmas stuff in) and we've been packing our stuff in those. They are easy to grab, reusable and keep the critters out.
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:44 PM
 
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roaches eat paper...
the plastic tubs are probably a good answer but they are more expensive...
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Old 06-12-2007, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I taped everything and my storage unit is slammed full with an ex 2300 sq ft house in there. Now I am concerned about my couches...
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:09 AM
 
Location: TX
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set a fogger/bug bomb off in the unit once a month. We did this in CA...found some corpses in the bottom of boxes and between the packing paper but never saw a live one.
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