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I am so disgusted... Kristina42585 Due January 20; Massachusetts 1751 posts
11th Jun '12

This morning when I woke up to make my son a bottle I turned on the light in the kitchen and found a small what appear to be little cockroach on the stove. I killed it and saved it and immediately called my landlord and left a message. I have never seen a cockroach in real life until now :-( I am thoroughly disgusted and want to just move out. Has anyone else dealt with this before? What kind of recourse do I have if I do break my lease because of it?

Hathor + A Due December 23 (girl); 16 kids; Spring, Texas 12834 posts
11th Jun '12

You found a cockroach? Just one?

friendlygirl626 6 kids; Kansas 8593 posts
11th Jun '12

I would first make sure it was actually a cockroach since you said you have never seen one before. I am not thinking that would constitue the breaking of a lease unless it was a chronic problem the landlord has refused to address.

Vile Tramp 2 kids; New York 32363 posts
11th Jun '12

Are you positive it wasn't just a bug?



And depends on your lease. Sometimes you will be charged the remainder of your lease, sometimes you have to give 30-90 days notice of breaking your lease to avoid recourse.



Honestly, if it was a cockroach, it happens. They are like ants even the SMALLEST bit a food attracts them and if there is even crumbs they will stay. I wouldn't go breaking my lease over what MIGHT be a cockroach.

Vile Tramp 2 kids; New York 32363 posts
11th Jun '12
Quoting friendlygirl626:" I would first make sure it was actually a cockroach since you said you have never seen one before. I ... [snip!] ... not thinking that would constitue the breaking of a lease unless it was a chronic problem the landlord has refused to address."


:!:



The landlord normally has 30-60 days to correct the problem. After that, you can call the town/city and report them for not remedying it.

Jenna + 2 Beauties California 12806 posts
11th Jun '12

if you found one, there is most likely hundreds more. (thats what an exterminator will say "for every ONE you see, there is a hundred more hiding") They are very good at hiding btw.



But this isnt always the case. Last year around Nov. i saw about 6 over the course of two weeks in our front bathroom. Had the house checked and there wasnt any more. Apparently one of our neighbors had sprayed so a few just came to our house through the sewers. Never saw anymore.

GoldenGirls 1 child; North Carolina 1225 posts
11th Jun '12

I find them in my home too. But they come in from outside, through our vents under the house. My cat kills them, so I usually find them dead and partially eaten.

7 blessings so far.... Due February 3; 6 kids; Glen Burnie, Maryland 8799 posts
11th Jun '12

if its only in the kitchen it may be a water bug....they look very similar to cockroaches and can usually be found in kitchens, bathrooms, or very damp basement.

Man in stockings 1 child; Colorado 2766 posts
11th Jun '12

do u live in an apt? or a house? Bc if it is an apt it could be from someone elses apt and they are moving to others! We lived in a triplex and the lady on the end never EVER cleaned, her place was just NASTY well we started geting food gnats in our apt bc of the vents and couldn't get rid of them, but as soon as she was forced to move they went away!

The Doctor 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59965 posts
11th Jun '12
Quoting 5 blessings so far....:" if its only in the kitchen it may be a water bug....they look very similar to cockroaches and can usually be found in kitchens, bathrooms, or very damp basement."


:!:



Or Stink Bugs are pretty common this time of year.

Vile Tramp 2 kids; New York 32363 posts
11th Jun '12
Quoting The Doctor:" :!: Or Stink Bugs are pretty common this time of year."


Had one of those in my bathroom this morning. Bastard things.

GoldenGirls 1 child; North Carolina 1225 posts
11th Jun '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting The Doctor:</b>" :!: Or Stink Bugs are pretty common this time of year."</blockquote>




Aren't those the ones that are kinda triangular and mottled grey/green in color?



OT, DD is watching The Backardigans and Pablo is an entimologist.

I like cats Due June 20 (girl); chaska, mn, United States 30 posts
11th Jun '12

You can break a lease over a bug?!

The Doctor 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59965 posts
11th Jun '12
Quoting Katie Di Loreto:" You can break a lease over a bug?! "


Usually not.

Vile Tramp 2 kids; New York 32363 posts
11th Jun '12
Quoting Katie Di Loreto:" You can break a lease over a bug?! "


Technically you can break your lease over whatever the hell you want. But you will have some sort of negative recourse for it. Around here most places have it where if you break the lease you must pay the remainder of your lease without written 30 day notice.