Pest Control/Roaches + Apartment Living
My boyfriend and I have been living in NYC for two years and are currently hunting for an apartment together. We found a great apartment in an older building. It has everything we want (dog friendly, close to the train, etc.)
There's just one problem: it is directly above a restaurant. When I first moved to NYC I lived two floors above a diner for a few months and we had roaches. It was traumatizing. Does living directly above a restaurant dramatically increase your chances of having roaches? Am I being too paranoid about this? We also are planning on getting a dog and I know that leaving pet food out can attract roaches. They said they do pest control every three months--I'm not sure if that makes me feel better (because they don't need to do it very often?) or worse (because they don't do it very often.) The restaurant itself has an A health code rating and great reviews overall, if that helps.
I would love any advice you have! I don't want to pass on it, but I also can't stomach the thought of moving in and having a roach problem.
Thank you so much!
All the best,
Living in an older building in a big city there's probably no way to avoid cockroaches regardless of the restaurant. Obviously if the restaurant has a roach problem this will make things worse but an older building and multi-family apartments are the main problem. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cockroaches.html
for info about controlling roaches in apartment building. Your best option is to control the roaches in your living-space with baits (use the professional baits in the article cited above) and be careful about sanitation. Don't leave pet food out, for example, especially at night.