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Old November 17th 06, 02:00 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)
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My babies are busily exploring their new home, and we are a
family again! I moved to Arizona on October 30th, having
boarded the cats for the previous three days to spare them
the chaos of the move. We then drove from California to
Fountain Hills, spending one night in a motel. The cats were
good as gold, scarcely a peep out of them. (I think having
them share a carrier, since they are on good terms, was a
great idea - they comforted each other.) As planned, I
stayed with my brother for a bit over a week, boarding the
cats at a nearby vet (He told me his complex does not allow
pets - although I suspect it was he who did not want to
share his dwelling with felines.) I moved in here (Paradise
Lakes Apartments - the address is Phoenix, but I think the
area is Paradise Valley) on November 9th, after the movers
had to wait out a two hour delay because maintenance had to
clean the place "to remove the dead bugs". (I assumed
because the exterminator had been, the day before - which
was true as far as it went, and they DID remove the DEAD
bugs.) However, when I opened the dishwasher to see what
kind of appliance I'd be dealing with, it was simply
SWARMING with cockroaches, all very much alive!

When I complained to the management, they said the
exterminator would be back the following, Wednesday (the 9th
was Thursday). Consequently I've been camping out, living
on frozen dinners because I didn't want to unpack my dishes
and cooking utensils until they'd sprayed the cupboards. I
bought some roach spray myself, too - sprayed inside the
cupboards and have been zapping any I found crawling
anywhere (mostly in the kitchen and the bath, although none
of the walls are entirely exempt). Considering my bitter
complaints, and a very strong letter I hand-delivered to the
management office, they got the exterminator out on Monday,
and it has had some effect (most of the bugs I see now are
either dead or dying). However, he was supposed to come
again Wednesday and did not - that is he did the rest of the
complex but skipped me, because he'd been here Monday. Now
I have to wait until NEXT Wednesday! I can't really blame
the management, judging by the varying sizes (from tiny
hatchlings to inch-and-a-half-long great-grandfathers) the
problem has existed for some time, and the former tenants
apparently said nothing (just put a few roach traps in the
clothes closets). Apparently they also ignored the fact
that the kitchen sink drainpipes were leaking like a sieve -
every time I ran water in the sink, I found water on the
floor, and you can see where there is long-term water damage
on the bottom of the cabinet under the sink. THAT got
fixed within two days, but the roaches are still with us. I
was supposed to pick the cats up last Saturday, but didn't
want them around when the exterminator came, so arranged to
board them until today (at $13 per day per cat). Today the
office suggested that, since the problem was so bad, they
should fog the place on Wednesday! I told them that was
simply not an option, since I'd already incurred more
expense than planned in boarding the cats to allow them time
to deal with the problem this past week.

In the past, I had excellent results with ant problems when
I used a shelf-paper called "No Bugs M'lady" (which was
supposed to deal with roaches, too, and used to be available
in any grocery store). I discover that now I must special
order it on the internet, it's a lot more expensive than it
was, and will take nearly two weeks until delivery. It's
worth it, IMO, but in the meantime, what do I do with all
the stuff I haven't unpacked? (More to the point, how do I
cope, when I've no idea where anything IS?)

Well, at least I have my babies with me again, and they seem
to be adjusting well, so far. (But we wouldn't refuse a few
purrs.) It's really a nice apartment, part of a complex of
1200 units, with swimming pools and exercise rooms, a
recreation building, and various community activities. I
expect we'll be happy here, but I'll be lucky if I have
things in order by Christmas, never mind Thanksgiving!

Anyway, thought I should post an update, and let you all
know I am now living in Arizona instead of California.

Evelyn
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Old November 17th 06, 02:29 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
mlbriggs
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On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 18:00:09 -0700, EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque) wrote:

My babies are busily exploring their new home, and we are a
family again! I moved to Arizona on October 30th, having
boarded the cats for the previous three days to spare them
the chaos of the move. We then drove from California to
Fountain Hills, spending one night in a motel. The cats were
good as gold, scarcely a peep out of them. (I think having
them share a carrier, since they are on good terms, was a
great idea - they comforted each other.) As planned, I
stayed with my brother for a bit over a week, boarding the
cats at a nearby vet (He told me his complex does not allow
pets - although I suspect it was he who did not want to
share his dwelling with felines.) I moved in here (Paradise
Lakes Apartments - the address is Phoenix, but I think the
area is Paradise Valley) on November 9th, after the movers
had to wait out a two hour delay because maintenance had to
clean the place "to remove the dead bugs". (I assumed
because the exterminator had been, the day before - which
was true as far as it went, and they DID remove the DEAD
bugs.) However, when I opened the dishwasher to see what
kind of appliance I'd be dealing with, it was simply
SWARMING with cockroaches, all very much alive!

When I complained to the management, they said the
exterminator would be back the following, Wednesday (the 9th
was Thursday). Consequently I've been camping out, living
on frozen dinners because I didn't want to unpack my dishes
and cooking utensils until they'd sprayed the cupboards. I
bought some roach spray myself, too - sprayed inside the
cupboards and have been zapping any I found crawling
anywhere (mostly in the kitchen and the bath, although none
of the walls are entirely exempt). Considering my bitter
complaints, and a very strong letter I hand-delivered to the
management office, they got the exterminator out on Monday,
and it has had some effect (most of the bugs I see now are
either dead or dying). However, he was supposed to come
again Wednesday and did not - that is he did the rest of the
complex but skipped me, because he'd been here Monday. Now
I have to wait until NEXT Wednesday! I can't really blame
the management, judging by the varying sizes (from tiny
hatchlings to inch-and-a-half-long great-grandfathers) the
problem has existed for some time, and the former tenants
apparently said nothing (just put a few roach traps in the
clothes closets). Apparently they also ignored the fact
that the kitchen sink drainpipes were leaking like a sieve -
every time I ran water in the sink, I found water on the
floor, and you can see where there is long-term water damage
on the bottom of the cabinet under the sink. THAT got
fixed within two days, but the roaches are still with us. I
was supposed to pick the cats up last Saturday, but didn't
want them around when the exterminator came, so arranged to
board them until today (at $13 per day per cat). Today the
office suggested that, since the problem was so bad, they
should fog the place on Wednesday! I told them that was
simply not an option, since I'd already incurred more
expense than planned in boarding the cats to allow them time
to deal with the problem this past week.

In the past, I had excellent results with ant problems when
I used a shelf-paper called "No Bugs M'lady" (which was
supposed to deal with roaches, too, and used to be available
in any grocery store). I discover that now I must special
order it on the internet, it's a lot more expensive than it
was, and will take nearly two weeks until delivery. It's
worth it, IMO, but in the meantime, what do I do with all
the stuff I haven't unpacked? (More to the point, how do I
cope, when I've no idea where anything IS?)

Well, at least I have my babies with me again, and they seem
to be adjusting well, so far. (But we wouldn't refuse a few
purrs.) It's really a nice apartment, part of a complex of
1200 units, with swimming pools and exercise rooms, a
recreation building, and various community activities. I
expect we'll be happy here, but I'll be lucky if I have
things in order by Christmas, never mind Thanksgiving!

Anyway, thought I should post an update, and let you all
know I am now living in Arizona instead of California.

Evelyn



It sounds like the Bug Capitol of the world. Purrs that your problems can
be solved soon. MLB

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Old November 17th 06, 06:10 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Marina
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EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque) wrote:

Well, at least I have my babies with me again, and they seem to be
adjusting well, so far. (But we wouldn't refuse a few purrs.) It's
really a nice apartment, part of a complex of 1200 units, with swimming
pools and exercise rooms, a recreation building, and various community
activities. I expect we'll be happy here, but I'll be lucky if I have
things in order by Christmas, never mind Thanksgiving!

Anyway, thought I should post an update, and let you all know I am now
living in Arizona instead of California.


Ugh, cockroaches sound like disgusting creatures. Many purrs that they
go away, and that the girls settle in nicely, and you too, Evelyn.

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Stories and pics at http://koti.welho.com/mkurten/
Pics at http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/frankiennikki/
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Old November 17th 06, 07:11 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque) wrote:
Well, at least I have my babies with me again, and they seem
to be adjusting well, so far. (But we wouldn't refuse a few
purrs.) It's really a nice apartment, part of a complex of
1200 units, with swimming pools and exercise rooms, a
recreation building, and various community activities. I
expect we'll be happy here, but I'll be lucky if I have
things in order by Christmas, never mind Thanksgiving!

Evelyn


I'm so glad your babies are with you again at last!

I do have to say, though, I wouldn't consider that a "nice" apartment. Oh,
I'm sure the apartment itself is nice. But what sort of management company
hasn't removed the DEAD roaches before move-in day? And not check to make
sure there aren't any more around? Or without first making sure the
plumbing was working correctly and the resultant water damage from a leak
had been repaired?

Every apartment I've lived in, the manager and I did a "walk through" before
move-in day. I had to sign off on everything, from making sure the faucets
worked (without leaking), the toilets flushed, the shower functioned, check
the appliances for functionality and of course, make sure there aren't any
bugs.

I guess they just do things differently in California.

Jill


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Old November 17th 06, 11:19 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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jmcquown wrote:
I guess they just do things differently in California.


Arizona.
--tension

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Old November 17th 06, 01:28 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque) wrote:
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Well, at least I have my babies with me again, and they seem
to be adjusting well, so far. (But we wouldn't refuse a few
purrs.) It's really a nice apartment, part of a complex of
1200 units, with swimming pools and exercise rooms, a
recreation building, and various community activities. I
expect we'll be happy here, but I'll be lucky if I have
things in order by Christmas, never mind Thanksgiving!

Anyway, thought I should post an update, and let you all
know I am now living in Arizona instead of California.

Evelyn


The important thing is your clowder is with you and are happy. Purrs for the
bugs and plumbing to be sorted asap.
--
Adrian (Owned by Snoopy and Bagheera)
Cats leave pawprints on your heart.
http://community.webshots.com/user/clowderuk


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Old November 17th 06, 05:44 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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tension_on_the_wire wrote:
jmcquown wrote:
I guess they just do things differently in California.


Arizona.
--tension


Sorry, got it backwards but still.... I'd be worrying about living in that
place.


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Old November 17th 06, 06:51 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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I've had real good luck with Roach Pruff (I think that's how it's spelled).
It's not supposed to be toxic, although it can't be good for the kitties in
large doses. I simply closed the kitchen and ate out for a week and put it
all over the countertops, floors everything. No more roaches.

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Old November 17th 06, 06:54 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)
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jmcquown wrote:

EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque) wrote:

Well, at least I have my babies with me again, and they seem
to be adjusting well, so far. (But we wouldn't refuse a few
purrs.) It's really a nice apartment, part of a complex of
1200 units, with swimming pools and exercise rooms, a
recreation building, and various community activities. I
expect we'll be happy here, but I'll be lucky if I have
things in order by Christmas, never mind Thanksgiving!

Evelyn



I'm so glad your babies are with you again at last!

I do have to say, though, I wouldn't consider that a "nice" apartment. Oh,
I'm sure the apartment itself is nice. But what sort of management company
hasn't removed the DEAD roaches before move-in day? And not check to make
sure there aren't any more around? Or without first making sure the
plumbing was working correctly and the resultant water damage from a leak
had been repaired?


Well, they admitted dropping the ball, and were most
apologetic, when they discovered it had not been done.
Although they have a full-time maintenance staff, some
things (like handicapped grab-bars for the tub) have to be
approved by the corporate office (they own a number of large
complexes, all over the U.S.). Also, I'm not sure how well
the supervisory personnel speak Spanish, and most of the
maintenance workers don't seem to have much English. I was
rather under the gun, because I used a California mover who
does very good work, so is much in demand and booked up well
in advance. Consequently I relied upon my brother and his
girlfriend to scope places out, had to select a move-in date
before I even had an apartment, then tell the "rental
coordinator" that the November 9th move-in date was set in
stone, when she tried to tell me it would be ready November
12th! (Otherwise, it might have been more than a month
before they could schedule the trip to Arizona.)
Consequently, I had my "walk-through" ten minutes after the
cleaning staff had left, and as the movers were unloading
their truck. (True, I hadn't signed the lease until then,
but what recourse had I?)


Every apartment I've lived in, the manager and I did a "walk through" before
move-in day. I had to sign off on everything, from making sure the faucets
worked (without leaking), the toilets flushed, the shower functioned, check
the appliances for functionality and of course, make sure there aren't any
bugs.


Yeah, I usually saw my rental residences long before I moved
in, too, but circumstances were a bit different this time,
with moving out of state, and arbitrary deadlines.


I guess they just do things differently in California.


Arizona, actually - SFAIK, California does such things
normally. (I've never had to pay pet rent anywehere but
Arizona, either!)
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Old November 17th 06, 06:58 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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jmcquown wrote:

tension_on_the_wire wrote:

jmcquown wrote:

I guess they just do things differently in California.


Arizona.
--tension



Sorry, got it backwards but still.... I'd be worrying about living in that
place.


You think I'm NOT???? I'd have been happy with a mobile
home park, but my brother is more upscale (at least he DID
pay attention to what I told him was the maximum I felt I
could AFFORD - including tax, pet rent, and the other extras.)


 




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