How to avoid unwanted roach passengers in a move, and the ethics of informing potential tenants
April 2, 2008 9:50 AM Subscribe
2 questions about cockroaches and moving house, one practical, one moral.
posted by yellowbinder to home & garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
All right. So our apartment has cockroaches, we've lived there about a year and they have been a fairly constant presence. It's not a full blown panic now infestation, but it's not nice. We see one or two at least 3 times a week. We've used boric acid, roach gel, and found and removed a major food source. (Who the hell leaves a giant, open bag of rice in a roach friendly furnace room???). Regardless, they're still around.
My man and I are both finally working full time and bringing in enough money to move to a slightly nicer place. Target move date is in two months.
So the questions are:
1) How do we make sure they don't move with us?
2) Judging from how I found the place, it will be my responsibility to list and show the apartment. Should I disclose the nasties to prospective tenants?
The girl who showed me the place mentioned "a few bugs" when I asked if there was anything wrong with it. Didn't realize that meant creepy crawly roaches. The apartment is otherwise not that bad, nothing special but dirt cheap.