So today we went to look at apartments. It was a big fat FAIL. We saw 6 apartments and each one was worse than the last. They were all too small, dirty, and dingy. Sad – I’d rather live with the mice.
Mel and Tommy waited for us in the car, reading Chinese trash mags and pretending they were Japanese tourists:
We spoke with our landlord and explained the situation and our concerns. She said that even in her newly renovated home, there were roaches and mice. She even pulled out mouse traps and told us a disgusting story about a mouse jumping out of her trash can! Can you imagine?!
Our friends and family were also very encouraging. So I manned up set out to clean and booby trap every corner and crevice of our apartment. We bought 10 packs of mouse traps – that’s 40 traps! ST grabbed another can of Great Stuff yellow expanding foam and set to filling every crack in the apartment. I even sprayed bleach on the base boards – someone said that would help. I’m willing to try anything at this point.
In the end, we still had a good time.
For now, it’s a waiting game. Let’s see if all the crack-filling and cleaning made a difference.