To get away from you damned pests!
September 13, 2010 9:59 PM Subscribe
I'm moving. How do I make sure I don't take the fleas, mice, cockroaches, stinkbugs, and ants with me?
posted by MrVisible to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My landlord has been promising to deal with the issues that my quaint little house has developed for some time now. It's a great house, in an amazing location, and it's cheap, so I've held on to hope that the issues would be fixed for way too long. He's committed to the idea that hiring a stoner friend for cheap is going to do the job just as well as professional exterminators, though, and he's let the house fall apart far enough that there's no way to keep the critters out anymore. Especially not with a house full of hoarders about twenty feet from my front door.
None of the infestations were severe, and as they ramped up, I got used to them; I see a roach every now and then, ants by the sink now and then, a stinkbug from time to time, and the mice were theoretical until my cat caught one. Recently, though, my (indoor) cat has developed fleas, and the only place she could have gotten them is from the mice. That, plus the fact that camping out in a tent this past weekend made me feel more at ease than sleeping in my own bed made me realize that it's time to get the hell out.
I have to give 30 days' notice, of course.
The cat is now on Frontline and Prevent, both designed to keep her flea-free, so she should be okay now. Though I have a house full of fleas searching for a new host.
I have abovementioned cat, clothes books, furniture... the usual assortment of stuff in a two-bedroom house. So, how do I move without taking the critters with me? I have no problem with killer chemicals, as long as the cat and I stay safe. What procedures should I put in place before, during, and after the move to make sure my (as-of-yet theoretical) new place doesn't get infested?