Cockroaches are in my opinion one of the worst things you can have in your home. Something about their amazing speed (relative to their size, they run the insect equivalent of 200 mph) and how fast they spread is greatly unnerving. That and of course the social stigma of others knowing you have cockroaches.
Imagine the horror of this woman when she woke up to a bedroom filled with cockroaches after getting her cable box replaced.
This guy was a lot calmer than I would have been:
Another story on YouTube about this:
A story about a lawsuit filed (possibly related to the video above)
A quote from employees regarding the roaches, relevant to the lawsuit:
From watching this video you get an idea of how so many receivers ended up infested:
Cable companies aren’t the only ones guilty of spreading roaches into peoples homes, this woman received a refrigerator from a rent to own store infested with roaches:
It goes without saying after watching these videos that you should be very wary of accepting used electronics from anywhere. Personally, I wouldn’t buy any off Craigslist unless they came from a nicer part of town. It just isn’t worth the risk to save a few bucks on the item. If you do find yourself unlucky enough to get cockroaches due to a companies negligence, this is what you should do immediately for damage control:
Save the evidence: Immediately collect some of the roaches into a sealable container and begin documenting video evidence of the infestation and where it came from.
Triple bag any valuables with nooks and crannies: Roaches have wide, flat bodies and can easily crawl in the smallest nooks and crannies. They came into your house via a cable box or TV, so chances are they’re currently drawing straws to see who gets the penthouse suite in your laptop. Use commercial grade trash bags to wrap your electronics. Bag once right side up, seal as tight as you can, then repeat upside down, and finally bag right side up again. Coat the outer most bag with this (I killed a roach on the spot with it once).
Buy roach traps: Ideally you should place them near any electronics you suspect might already be infested, possibly even in the inner most bag with them. If you sealed the bags well enough, outside roaches won’t be able to get in, but roaches already in the bag will come out to it. This will save you the trouble of cleaning dead roaches out of your electronics later.
Buy a bug proof rain forest tent to sleep in: The absolute worst part about cockroaches, in my opinion, is sleeping in a house that has them. It is easy enough to avoid them during the day as they try to avoid light, however at night you are vulnerable since it’s dark. Nothing worse than jumping out of your skin every time you get tickled fearing it’s a roach. Instead, check out these bug proof tents. They are designed for protecting against much nastier bugs than cockroaches and are used on expeditions in places like the rain forest and other rugged wilderness. Surely if it keeps out the horrors of the Amazon and Savannah it can protect you from roaches in your bedroom.
What a bad roach infestation looks like:
Hopefully you’ll never have to face the (largely psychological) horror of having these pests in your home.
Roach on floor image courtesy of aopsan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net