La cucarachas... leave por favor!
January 5, 2013 2:55 PM Subscribe
I've lived in my current apartment for around a year and a half now. I moved here mostly because it was cheap and there were no real problems abound. But now... there are cockroaches. I'd say it's infested. I complained to the landlord and a pest control company came out yesterday... but today... I saw a scary cockroach! WHAT GIVES?
posted by camylanded to grab bag (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
As a small backstory, when I was 18, my best friend lived in a place that badly got infested by cockroaches to the point where they left so quickly they left the majority of their belongings behind because they were afraid they might bring the critters with them somehow. After that period of time, I'm terrified of cockroaches. They make me feel stressed and itchy and I can't deal with it.
Over the period of time I've lived here, I've seen cockroaches here and there-- mostly during periods of rain. In the past few weeks, the sightings are getting more and more frequent. I've not been eating in my kitchen due to these sightings. They range in size from teeny tiny to small-ish. I thought the smaller ones were just babies-- but they were also different colors-- some black in color, and some brown (it seems like that indicates different breeds?)
So I called my landlord and yesterday, a company came out and sprayed what smelled like pretty lethal chemicals in my bathroom and kitchen. While cleaning today in the kitchen, I did notice that there were some dead cockroaches.... but then behind a hanging frying pan I saw the largest brown cockroach I've seen since this whole thing started! -- from what I've googled, I wonder if it may have been laying an egg? At any rate, I washed it down the sink with hot water and turned the garbage disposal on. I also have noticed bites on my skin, and wonder if perhaps this infestation is even worse than I originally thought.
If it helps any, I've talked to my neighbors-- the two couples on either side of me have said they've also had a roach problem as of late.
I'm uneducated in the ways of cockroaches and just don't know what to do-- my lease is up on February 28th. I don't want to have to deal with this until then and I DEFINITELY do NOT want to bring them with me.... while I'm not concerned with my couch, my bed was bought brand new last year and I obviously do not want to have to trash it.