Has one of your neighbors moved out, leaving behind a veritable army of insect invaders? Have they made their way to your apartment, looking for the food and shelter that they used to have? Whether you're being invaded by roaches, bedbugs or something else, dealing with pests is never fun. While waiting for the exterminator to show up, here are some things you can do to help send the bugs on their way:
Put everything in plastic storage containers: Moths want to eat your clothes, roaches want to eat everything and bedbugs will simply hide everywhere. Give these insects fewer options by sealing up everything as tightly as possible. If you're dealing with roaches, be especially certain that you repackage all of the food in your kitchen. Because roaches will also eat paper and glue from cans, especially if they're desperate, use a permanent marker to indicate the can's contents before throwing the label away. If you have bedbugs, make sure that the plastic containers you use are either sealed with tape every time you open and close them or don't have any gaps between the lid and the container for bedbugs to squeeze themselves into.
Dust with diatomaceous earth: If you have a bad infestation, diatomaceous earth (DE) is unlikely to solve your problem. However, it may give you some relief while you're waiting for the appointment with your local pest control professional. Small containers of food-safe DE can sometimes be found in local health food or farm stores. While food grade DE is safe and non-toxic, don't purchase the industrial grade DE that is used in pool filtration systems. This type is less regulated and can have particulates that you don't want to be breathing. Once you have the food grade DE, sprinkle it around your bedroom, in cracks and crevices that the insect pests use to hide. When the roaches or bedbugs walk through the dust, they will receive microscopic cuts in their exoskeleton that will cause them to dry out and die. But because DE is so visible and requires direct contact with the pests in question, it can also be easy for the insects to avoid. You'll likely find some relief as the pests start to migrate from your bedroom, but you'll want a professional if you want to rid your entire apartment of creepy-crawlies.
Put excess belongings into storage: Once you have the situation under control, it's time to clean out your apartment. This will help to get rid of places for pests to hide, such as within your clothes that are out of season. Throw away or destroy everything that you don't want to keep. Since even the very best pest control product may not work 100%, giving away or donating these items may transfer still-live eggs from your home to the home of another. Items that you want to keep should be packed into layers of trash or clothing storage bags, then plastic totes and placed into a storage unit. The multiple layers will help prevent any overlooked eggs from hatching and infesting the belongings of anyone else. Without food and water, any roaches that do happen to hatch will only live for about a week, while bed bugs can, unfortunately, live for quite a bit longer. If you've been suffering from bed bugs, follow the advice of your pest control professional to eliminate these pests as much as possible before storage.
To learn more, contact a company like BugOut Pest Control.