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edeluv
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So in looking at some long term rentals I've seen this a couple of times "Monthly extermination included in rent". My question is, is this a red flag or the norm and what are they exterminating?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 7:19 pm
Spartygrad95
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I don't know how normal it is to have extermination included in rental price, but they are going after the critters you don't want in your place. Cockroaches especially. This time of year the tree rats are really active (they seem to come with mango season). We had them eating through our screens last year.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 7:32 pm
Jumbie
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Living in a tropical environment bug and critter free requires monthly extermination. So this is the norm. So seeing the phrase "monthly extermination" in your rental search is a good thing.. Ants of various kinds, Millipedes, Cockroaches, Centipedes, & Rats are examples of why you want an exterminator to do regular treatments.

Jumbie

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Posted : June 8, 2016 7:45 pm
edeluv
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okay, so now I'm suitably terrified.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 8:03 pm
janeinstx
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Oddly enough you get sort of complacent about it. I used to walk around with cans of different raid in my back pocket. Other than centipedes I can pretty much smash anything with my fist now. I do have monthly exterminating service but some of those little creepy crawlers just don't get the memo.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 8:46 pm
East Ender
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okay, so now I'm suitably terrified.

If it is of bugs and critters, the tropics are full of them. I moved from a place where cockroaches were the size of small ponies. The ones here aren't too bad. 😉 But having regular, professional extermination is good.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 8:52 pm
edeluv
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It was the mention of tree rats gnawing through the window screens that put me over the top.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 8:59 pm
ms411
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There are reinforcements that post people put over portions of their screens to keep them out. Also, make sure your fruit trees are not close to your house.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 9:26 pm
AandA2VI
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okay, so now I'm suitably terrified.

If you don't like bugs this is NOT the place for you lol! Only in the African bush have I seen more bugs per sq ft.

We have our house sprayed (inside only) once every 6 months, fire ants are a big problem near my house. I don't mind the rest of our bugs. Prefer not to sleep with centipedes lol. I love the palm sized huntsman spiders they eat the wood roaches.

Tree rats don't do anything, at least for me, they don't bother me at all. Get into the grill every once in a while and wake me up fighting sometimes. Never tried to get inside. Good size though.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : June 8, 2016 9:52 pm
edeluv
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So then I have another question. Is there any concern about having an indoor monthly extermination on the health of the occupants of said house? Does anyone ever speak to that?

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Posted : June 8, 2016 10:02 pm
janeinstx
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I have it done every month. No ill effects so far.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 11:06 pm
Spartygrad95
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So then I have another question. Is there any concern about having an indoor monthly extermination on the health of the occupants of said house? Does anyone ever speak to that?

We had them spray some "eco friendly" nonsense my wife insisted on because we have a toddler. I don't let him crawl under sinks, on window sills etc, so after that product failed miserably, I had them spray the good stuff and no roaches, ants, etc. we are also still alive

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Posted : June 8, 2016 11:49 pm
dougtamjj
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Centipedes just about unhinged me when I moved here. After one bit me it was even worse. I have lived here for 10 years and never become complacent about them. We spray once a month inside and out. Tree rats. No big deal.

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Posted : June 9, 2016 12:30 am
FLLisa
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Where do you live in FL that you're not used to bugs and/or monthly exterminating?

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Posted : June 9, 2016 1:17 am
Scubadoo
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Maybe Cinderella's castle?

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Posted : June 9, 2016 1:21 am
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