Originally posted by Vikram C.:
Originally posted by Bryan Alenky:
this OCD tenant is just grossed out by even seeing one or 2 roaches..
Bryan, I am like that as well. I cannot stand roaches and will move out if there are roaches in a building. I think this may be quite normal and not OCD. (Or do I have a bit of OCD in me?)
I agree, roaches are filthy, and I could not stand living in the same place as they do, OCD or no OCD. Also, boric acid must stay dry, once it gets wet, it is ruined. This is another reason why it should go into void areas. Spraying borid into the walls works very well as the layer of boric acid dust lines the inside of teh wall and floor and stays there (so long as it remains dry) for a very long time, preventing roaches from infesting there.
Originally posted by Bryan:
Will, whenyou say "full fumigation" what does that entail? all units are occupied?
It is when a technician uses a funigation machine which disperases the chemical into the air and void areas and requires a full facemask and protective equipment. Nobody can be present during or anytime before 4 hours of the treatment, so your tenants would have to be out of the units to complete this process. If the infestation is not as bad, the boric acid should do the trick.
Originally posted by Steve Sparks:
I have a couple of C- buildings (90 units total). Roaches and bedbugs are always a problem. thing is with turnover new tenants always bring them in. Any suggestions other than control them the best you can?
The best prevention of roaches is cleanliness, unfortunately, that is out of your control as many apartment dwellers can live like pigs. I suggest you have each unit treated immediately following a vacancy and use a monthly service to help keep them under control. You may also want to add into your lease agreements some rules and penalties for uncleanliness causing the need for an interior treatment of roaches.