Posted by Susan on October 06, 2005 at 12:52:07:
You’re welcome, and I’m sorry you are having to go through that, and the “cute” responses that often come through on websites, as well. This bug issue is downright horrifying and difficult to deal with. I’d suggest contacting the holder of the REO to see if they’d consider covering your extermination, and perhaps that of your neighbors; if it hasn’t affected other homes, it will ultimately. When our situation occurred, it began to be felt throughout our neighborhood of 78 townhomes, not just our “row” of 6 homes. The toxicity of the chemicals is a real concern, however, which is why most of us chose to deal with it on our own. I’ve never tried the electronic devices, and don’t know much about them. We pretty much had to declare “war” on the creatures - we bought the available bug products (that caulk-like stuff was the best, I believe), caulked every open place possible on our home, emptied our pantry, cleaned it and relined it with shelf liner, and put every food item stored in the pantry in either zip loc bags or Tupperware containers. We couldn’t take the chance of leaving any possible food source for them. I feel for your tenants, but hopefully you will able to help them understand it is not a reflection on their cleanliness, but rather just a nasty by-product of a bad rental situation nearby. I’m sure once the initial “invasion” is treated, you will see a marked improvement as we did because the true source of the problem - the other house - will have been “cleaned up.” What you are experience is a mass evacuation, I would think. This has to get better when their point of origin is thoroughly sanitized!