roaches under the fridge :(
Very soon after moving in, when getting water or going to the bathroom in the wee hours, we noticed the presence of German roaches. Not surprising, I guess.
So we cleaned. And caulked. And the maintenance guy plastered some other gaps between the sink cabinet and the wall, we duct-taped other holes we later saw around pipes, etc. The pest control guy poisoned (the gel stuff they eat and bring back to the nest). We did the same in other areas of the house, though we didn't see them elsewhere. We put down boric acid in the cabinets. Later, my boyfriend found a ton of dessicated egg sacks under the fridge (like Alien...he felt like Ripley) and cleaned it out as best he could. So they obviously made a roach city of the fridge before, and the previous tenants, I guess, did nothing. So we poisoned under there, too.
Didn't see any for awhile, blah, blah, blah.
Tonight we found a few nymphs and fresh eggs under the fridge and I am FREAKED again. This means they aren't just living in the walls but in the area under our FRIDGE -- maybe they were all along, because we found the eggs nestled in a place we had previously missed -- which is difficult to clean and I just KNOW we missed some eggs and that there are probably some adults in there, hiding...they're living with US now, and this is like a horror movie for me. I can barely kill one without hyperventilating. I clean like a maniac but I don't think it makes much of a difference; there's always a crumb or water somewhere.
Do you have any advice for treating the area under the fridge, where they're obviously nesting? Is poison our only option? Can we spray anything inside the fridge, where we can't reach/see properly? Is the landlord required to replace the fridge if the roaches were already living in it, or is what pest control doing (spraying around the building and poisoning inside the apartments) the extent of their obligation to us? Any words of wisdom are appreciated.
(On top of it all, we found fleas on our indoor cat yesterday. Probably from the alley his favorite window views, where I've seen a stray cat or two hanging out. We bought Advantage, which worked for us last time, but if mice and bedbugs get added to the equation, I'm going to go off the deep-end. Does hot weather + old building + large city always = plague of vermin?)