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Old 11-23-2014, 03:52 PM
 
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The exterminator is the obvious route, to me. What do you mean, he sprayed "around the house"? Did he not spray in your apartment? I'd call the LL, ask politely about having the exterminator in again, be there when he comes, find out what he's spraying with, and follow him around, moving furniture for him, making sure he sprays behind the stove, etc. Then ask him if how long the work is guaranteed for. If it's a 3+ month guarantee, you can make him come back for free.
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:58 PM
 
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The exterminator is the obvious route, to me. What do you mean, he sprayed "around the house"? Did he not spray in your apartment? I'd call the LL, ask politely about having the exterminator in again, be there when he comes, find out what he's spraying with, and follow him around, moving furniture for him, making sure he sprays behind the stove, etc. Then ask him if how long the work is guaranteed for. If it's a 3+ month guarantee, you can make him come back for free.
No he sprayed around the apartment, in cabinets, along the edge of the walls, etc. This was about 1.5 years ago.

The last time I told the LL, he didnt call the exterminator and fogged my apartment himself.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:08 PM
 
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I don't what's worse to you in the long run, the roaches or all the poison chemicals you'd be exposed to.

It's a no-win situation.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:13 PM
 
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1. Roaches do not come out unless their population food is not enough.

2. A person in the building has roaches and that is why you see them. Meaning somebody nearby has hundreds of them crawling all over the place. Everywhere. They are not doing anything about it. Chances are during that first time around somebody moved or out. Try buying an overstock of traps and leaving them ( with them in piles in front of every neighbors household ). This way people will take the traps and use them. Chances are that one person who is over runned with roaches will take them as well.

3. Do not eat outside the kitchen, area. Roaches move to the next room. They can smell your microscopic crumbs, and food particles, including gas particles. They are water bugs, that can also swim, and find water as well.

4. You should also clean the place, From top to bottom. They leave a trail for other roaches to follows. Even marks which way is safe and not safe. Painting over usually destroys this trail for awhile. Anything with roach scent is bound for invasion.

Owning a cat also helps. Because the strong oder they have usually informs other animals of a bigger predator. You could let wiskers in for a month or so until the place smells like pusssy. Dogs go crazy for the scent by cats and rats will avoid confrontation with the smell.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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Mice are incontinent and spread diseases through their droppings.

Mice are much more of a problem than roaches.
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Check for every conceivable way you can get into the walls...around pipes, behind electrical outlets and GENEROUSLY puff boric acid between the walls. A pound in an apartment is not too much.
DON'T do this if you have cats.

Added to what you have done (BA behind and under stove and fridge) and in the corners of all your cabinets, you will get the "roaming roaches" before they get established. The reason for the roaming is that some stupid exterminators use insecticides that cause roaches to RUN instead of more expensive BAITS. (DO you think exterminators might have a motive for dispersing roaches throughout a building? )

If you want to add another layer of defense to the BA, use some paste type poison baits that you squeeze under sinks, etc., like toothpaste. They cost more than spray cans but do a better job and protect for months.
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:42 AM
 
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I honestly have found that having a cat has been the best thing to keep roaches away.

We actually leave food in the bowls for the cats all day (dry food) on the floor and luckily we don't really get bugs. Mostly because any bug that makes its way into our place is just going to be tortured and killed by the cats. But bugs/mice are totally aware if there is a cat around. In our last place, one cat went to my parents' house for the day and a mouse must've smelled it right away---because we never had mice in the apartment. Unfortunately, he must've not smelled the other cat was still there and my cat was nice enough to leave a blood trail and drop the dead mouse by the foot of my bed.
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I honestly have found that having a cat has been the best thing to keep roaches away.
My experience is that cats really are not interested in roaches, they would just WATCH them...at least my two of days gone by, and I haven't had a mouse in decades.
Problem with cats is they are curious and fastidious. Any poisons carelessly spread around with find their way onto the cats' coats and they will dutifully lick it off.
You can be a lot more aggressive with roach treatments with dogs than with cats.

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