Question: We are remodeling an older home in the desert, and we have been advised to spray for cockroaches prior to installing new carpeting. Is this a good idea?
Answer: When you are concerned about cockroaches, anytime is a good time to spray. It makes good sense to spray or "bomb" the house when it is empty, so that the spray or mist can work into every corner. You should be careful to protect your food and kitchenware. Place all shelved food items in the refrigerator. Take all canned goods and utensils, including pots and pans and put them in a back bedroom and cover them with a sheet. Be sure to wash them before using.
If you live in the desert and have a serious cockroach or pest problem, you might hire a licensed pest control firm to do your monthly spraying. The fees usually run about $20 a month. If you are installing new carpet and the house is empty, I would suggest that you fumigate both before and after the installation.
Q: I understand that housing costs in California and Hawaii are probably the highest in the United States, yet I see quite a few very reasonably priced homes advertised in the newspaper in outlying areas. Are these home prices included in the statistics?