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Old 12-15-2008, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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FYI...If they sprayed your apartment within a week of you moving in, this will create the roaches and bugs that you now see. This is an unfortunate issue that is not easily corrected with first time pest control. Being realistic this is going to take about two weeks for you not to see any bugs if properly treated. Never the less; like one poster said, living in the city(urban area) this is to be expected. Best of luck. Just work with the Manager. I would know this because I am a property manager myself J
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:43 PM
 
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There is always the option of subleasing, if you really can't stand it. Find someplace else and get someone else to move into your current apartment and pay that rent for you. Obviously, you want to screen them more carefully, because you'll be responsible if they do any serious damage. But if you hate it that much, it might be a good option for you.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Currently California
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FYI...If they sprayed your apartment within a week of you moving in, this will create the roaches and bugs that you now see. This is an unfortunate issue that is not easily corrected with first time pest control. Being realistic this is going to take about two weeks for you not to see any bugs if properly treated. Never the less; like one poster said, living in the city(urban area) this is to be expected. Best of luck. Just work with the Manager. I would know this because I am a property manager myself J
Agreed. Urban living often entails living with roaches, mice, rats, and other vermin. You just need to take the appropriate steps to make sure they live outside your apartment and not in it. You definitely want a professional in to do a spraying or fumigate (careful if you have pets -- they will need to be removed while this is done). Also, one thing to note, sometimes if a next door tenant has a spraying done, the roaches will migrate to nearby apartments (generally to die b/c they have already been poisoned). If you see a sudden uptick in the amount of bugs, you could assume this is the case. Anyway, your landlord DOES have an obligation to remove vermin and a serious roach problem qualifies. If he/she doesn't work to solve the problem and it remains chronic, it could be grounds to break your lease.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:53 PM
 
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First off, I'm moving down here eventually -- let me know which apartment this is so I don't move in :-)

Secondly...good luck.
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Old 12-17-2008, 05:05 PM
 
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Most places in DC will have some combination of rats, ants, roaches, etc. I hate to say this, but it's true. Our last place was constantly infested with ants and the basement had rats. It was crazy, but it's a way of life in DC. I still have PTSD from the rats...!

There is a great pesticide that you can get at Costco or Lowe's - it's called Ortho Home Defense Max and it works for a long time. If you have ants get the gel called Terro. Test an area before you spray your whole place to make sure that you're not allergic to it. It works really well.

The other thing you'll have to get used to is keeping cereal, bread, cookies, etc. in the fridge. Don't leave any food on the counters overnight and keep everything perishable in the fridge. This includes flour, sugar, etc. Always wash your dishes at night, and don't eat in other parts of the house that will draw the bugs there.

I'm sorry to hear of your situation and I empathize with your pain! Just hang in there..
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:14 PM
 
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For roaches, try boric acid, it REALLY WORKS. Also try COMBAT GEL. It acts as a contraceptive for roaches, ilk, I know but hey, it's better than the alternative. Good luck.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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Do these bugs come into even the brand new apartments being built near Penn and the Gallery area? I toured some of them, and they seemed to look SPOTLESS -- facade? or legit? and i assume, the higher the floor, the less chance of bugs and rats?
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Do these bugs come into even the brand new apartments being built near Penn and the Gallery area? I toured some of them, and they seemed to look SPOTLESS -- facade? or legit? and i assume, the higher the floor, the less chance of bugs and rats?
Please do not assume that the higher up in a high rise or a brand new building,the less bugs, rats and rodents. They go anywhere that a food source is located. You can have the cleanest in the building however; if your neighbor(s) keeps a filthy apartment (which is common); it is possible for their houseguest to migrate to yours.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:56 PM
 
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i too just moved into a roach infested apartment. I've managed to last one week, but i haven't unpacked or cooked a thing yet. The management came and put down some gel and i'm still killing 10 roaches per day. Help me. can i please get out of this lease or what else can i do? Curious what the above poster finally did about their roach infested situation?
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