How I got rid of Roaches and Mice when I lived in New York City
Roaches are disgusting! Before I moved to New York City I never in my life thought I would live somewhere where there were roaches. But, after moving into my cute little one bedroom apartment in Manhattan, where I paid $2,000 a month it wasn't long before the little buggers started showing up.
I was horrified. I immediately called the landlord and had him bring an exterminator. The exterminator came every week and it seemed like he had no effect whatsoever. I was starting to think that all he was spraying from that over-sized tin can was water! My landlord was a jerk and I wouldn't put it past him to do that just to save $5.00 bucks! I took precautions, at that time I had a dog, so I started to make sure that his dog food was covered as well as putting all the food I could fit into the refrigerator. I was in a war and the enemy was winning! All my actions were purely defensive.
It was time to take this matter into my own hands. I went to the hardware store and got every product known to man to kill those little buggers. NOTHING WORKED!
I WAS DESPERATE!
I made sure that my apartment was as spotless as could be and used all the products I could find all the while the exterminator kept coming, for all the good he did!
Finally someone told me to try borax. So I did. I didn't expect it to work because nothing worked. I sprinkled the white power all over my apartment and then I went away for about a month, subletting my apartment and keeping my fingers crossed. When I came back there were NO ROACHES! They were gone. I couldn't believe it, I had won the battle!
Apparently Borax works because the roaches get it on their feet and then take it back to their nest (just the word nest makes me sick) and it kills the whole lot of them. Now, you will still see a scout roach now and then because roaches never give up..NEVER. You have to keep using the borax, especially if you live in an apartment complex or a big city because other people will still get them. You also have to be very careful where you put the borax, you have to make sure your pets and your children don't get into it because it is toxic and can hurt or kill them.
So there you have it, if you have a roach problem try using borax I put an excellent video that has a borax recipe on it that if I still had this problems I might try below.
The other visitors I had while living in Manhattan were mice. Once again I tried the exterminator with no success. Then I tried traps which I never liked because ..well you have to see the mice and get rid of them and the whole process makes me sick. Poison didn't work either. So back to the hardware store I went. And what I found was a contraption called the "rat zapper". It was about the size of a shoe box and you put either a kernel of dog food or peanut butter or something like that to attract the mice. The mice then entered the chamber and ZAP, it electrocutes them. After it kills the mice the light turns on and then you know if you have a dead mouse in there so you can dispose of it. I also liked the fact that you never really have to see the mouse. You just shake the rat zapper over the garbage and throw it away. It is the best contraption to get rid of mice when you can't locate where they are coming from.
So there you have it..the two best methods to get rid of the most common pests (other than the people :) in New York City.
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