I don't want a mouse pad.
March 17, 2014 5:41 PM Subscribe
How can I tell if an apartment building has pests (e.g. rodents or roaches)? Am I being unrealistic to hope to find a place that doesn't?
posted by telegraph to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm moving to Baltimore to do a one year grad program at Johns Hopkins (yay!). I won't have a car (or a life outside of school) so I'm trying to live as close to Homewood as possible, but university owned housing/dorms/etc are not an option.
I've had a bad experience renting an otherwise amazing apartment for the past few years that turned out to have an unfixable roach problem. I am not a laissez-faire, relaxed person about household pests and it is my #1 priority that my next apartment be pest free.
To that end, I've limited my search to large apartment buildings, particularly places where I can live well above ground floor and that have a significant quantity of reviews online. And what I've found is that literally every building I've looked at, even the ones that have an overwhelmingly majority of positive reviews, has at least one review that claims that the apartment has a serious mouse problem.
Am I being unrealistic to hope to find a pest free apartment building in this area? I've visited these buildings and didn't see any pests or evidence thereof while I was there, but obviously that doesn't mean much. They all say they have an exterminator that visits regularly, but my current apartment building does too, and I still have roaches. Is there any way, say a trick question or a way of approaching the issue sideways, to find out if a building is really pest free?