Moving can feel overwhelming enough without the added stress of discovering pests in moving boxes. Here are three ways to keep pests away during a move.

Friday June 25, 2021

A pest problem is the last thing anyone wants to deal with during a big move. Insects, spiders, and other household pests are not only creepy and annoying; they can also spread disease, damage clothes and other fabrics, and leave behind a mess of droppings and debris. Here’s how using clean and hardy packing materials and washing all fabrics and kitchen items before packing them can keep pests out of moving boxes.

Choose the Right Packing Materials A Grey And White Mouse

When moving, it’s understandable to cut corners and save money, including gathering boxes and packing materials. Used cardboard boxes can often be obtained for free from supermarkets, family members, friends, and neighbors. Unfortunately, they can harbor cockroaches, spiders, and other pests. It’s safer to buy professional packing materials directly from a home moving company or to use plastic bins with lids that close tightly.

Wash Clothing and Fabrics

Insects like roaches, carpet beetles, and silverfish love to eat organic fibers. To reduce the chances of damage from these pests, all cotton, wool, and silk fabrics should be freshly washed and dried just before they get packed. Even if fabrics look clean, they may still have insect eggs lingering in the fibers that can only be destroyed by washing.

Clean All Kitchen Items

Food residue is a magnet for all kinds of pests. Ensure that all pots, pans, dinnerware, and kitchen appliances are thoroughly washed and dried before packing them. If dry goods like rice and grains are also going into the moving boxes, inspect them thoroughly first to determine that they’re pest-free and ready to travel.

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you need an experienced and attentive moving company to get your belongings there safely without worrying about bringing along pests. Lee Moving & Storage, Inc. is one of New Orleans’s most trusted names in residential moving, commercial moving, and flexible storage services. Call us at (504) 254-2950 for more information or get an instant moving quote today.