Rats, Rats, & more Rats.....

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My step son Beau & his wife moved in a nice apartment just before having their first baby in March.  It was shortly thereafter, I was over visiting & I said to Beau, "I think you have rats in your ceiling".  He said really?  I said yes, I think the nest is right there over the medallion for the light.  Well, sure enough in a few days there were other signs.  The landlord did call a company to come out & we spent a week with traps while they were away on vacation with the baby, but there are "still" more rats.

There were at least 12-15 traps in their small apartment & we waited a week & no signs that they had returned, but no one was sleeping there at night....not that it matter really, as the one I saw come out while they were there was in broad daylight, with two exterminators & myself right there.  He didn't even try to scurry along!  He stood there looking at me & then when I called the guy that was in the other room, he still had time to scoop him up?!

I now have to take another day & go up & help let in the exterminator & deal with the Landlord.  The Landlord that I have spent about 8 phone calls & one text to try to get him respond to my messages.  He has been a little less friendly this time & a bit gruff about it, which has been offensive.  I won't go into the details or show the photos, as I don't want to ruin your morning coffee, (or dinner if it is late reading, but it is disgusting...& to say the least a health hazard.  I am especially concerned with the baby.  He did offer if they want to be let out of their lease, and my son doesn't really want to have to go through moving again in such a short time, but is now considering.  The key is getting his deposits back as well, so they are able to move forward on another location.

They even blocked another vacant apartment supposedly to catch these rats & sprayed foam in the a/c closet, & they are back?!! It is as if it hardly slowed them down.  Does anyone know of any other more successful methods, or what would you suggest for my son? 

I am at my wits end & the Landlord is with me as well.... :(  However, with the situation & my concern with the baby being exposed...I am at the point of calling the Health Department, but want to make sure his lease interest is satisfied & deposits returned.  The whole building is infested.  What is the thing to do??  It is a very nice apartment by New River & Las Olas Blvd.  The Landlord happens to be a local Broker....and I am sure it is costing him a fortune.  Disease it the largest concern especially with my 6 month old grandson.  His other neighbors have had issues as well.  I feel the building needs to be tented, but then worry about them decaying in the walls, maggots, etc..  They also would have to move out during this period.  It seems simpler with all the drama to just move to a new location.... :(  It is a nice little apartment for their starter.  This apartment is also by a very, very, nice residential community that they can walk with the baby.  Very sad.    I am looking for suggestions if anyone has any?? Thank you!

Okay, that is the start of my day today between 10am-12pm.  I am trying to get past the Landlord's attitude, that also makes me sad as a Broker.  I am trying to catch flies with honey, but after 6 days of trying to contact him while working & a gruff response, it is difficult.

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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Pam: This sounds like it is going to be a long, drawn out process. If there is a tenant that is drawing the rats, it could be a continuing problem. Even in nice complexes, there are hoarders, people not careful about food, etc. While I feel sorry for the landlord, your grandhild is most important here. I think they have to move.  So sorry and thanks for not posting photos!

Sep 16, 2011 06:15 AM #1
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Pam Hills
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Dear Anne ~ Thanks for the advice....that is what I am feeling, but would have wished otherwise :(  It has been drawn out.  Thanks so much for the advice! 

Sep 16, 2011 06:29 AM #2
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Good Morning Pam, Rats in a home are one issue, Rats in an apartment are a bigger one, Anne has the cure, move.  Best wishes for a quick resolution.

Sep 16, 2011 07:13 AM #3
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Pam Hills
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Dear Dan ~ Thanks, yes I think unfortunately that may have to be the solution.

Sep 16, 2011 07:27 AM #4
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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Baby's safety is number one here. . Anne is right . good luck

Sep 16, 2011 08:07 AM #5
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Pam Hills
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Dear Fernando ~ Yes, I agree...thank you!  We are going this evening to look at a few other places...  It is just a challenge with a new baby & the work of moving...but the safety of the baby has been my largest concern as well & the sanitary conditions that the infestation brings...  Thank you for the support.

Sep 16, 2011 08:13 AM #6
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James Quarello
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It sounds like the right approach is being taken, but like any tough problem, it can take several steps(time) to resolve. The baby is the main concern, moving may be the best solution.

Sep 16, 2011 09:07 AM #7
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Jill Sackler
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Oh my goodness! How awful! That's a terrible problem to have and, of course, a health hazard. Let us know how you handle it in the end.

Sep 16, 2011 02:50 PM #8
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Doug Bullwinkel
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Time to get the heck out of there.  I hate rats.  When I was in Vietnam, we had to live with them and I knew I would never be anywhere where they were again.  I'd move and then deal with the money issue later.  The last thing you need is a bite for the little one to have to endure those shots.  Just be sure to document everything, including your conversations so you have ammunition if you have to go to small claims court. Good luck.

Sep 16, 2011 03:57 PM #9
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Pam Hills
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Dear James ~ Yes, I think that the process is going, but it is a long process I guess.  I thought it would be resolved the last time, but it appears they are deeply entrenched in the building...Thank You & the result is moving on...

Dear Jill ~ It is awful, but the I was amazed when one stopped right before my eyes in broad daylight & stood there without even a start...long enough they caught him...well there are several more & that is not including the ones in the traps outside..  They are going to move ASAP.  I can't believe the landlord never came back to see me today...  He did speak to Beau & will allow them to move..

Dear Doug ~  Yes, we have spent the rest of today & until we can move them looking...  No we can not afford a bite or any other health issues for any of them but especially the baby :(

Hugs & thanks for the support... I have never had such a thing to contend with & it is in a nice area...just an older building & it is by the river, so may be that makes it more attractive I hear??  Again, thanks & they have the extra expense & hassle, but it "is" what needs to happen right away.

 

Sep 16, 2011 04:37 PM #10
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Pam, a very difficult situation. Secure the deposits and keep the family safe. You just can't afford to do otherwise. Just be direct with the landlord, he has to refund the deposits and such.....keep us posted. I know moving is the last thing anyone wants to do....but having a rat right in the house....

Sep 16, 2011 11:11 PM #11
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Tim Bradley
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I have a 16 month old child, and I can't imagine staying any time at all in a place with rats. Moving is a pain, but DO IT! Best of luck with it all.

Sep 16, 2011 11:43 PM #12
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rats and babies definitely don't mix!! I agree, moving is the best option under the circumstances.

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