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 Posted: Sun Jun 20th, 2010 08:16 am
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Okay...at the tender age of 47 (48 next Saturday), I finally bought a house!

It's gonna be a money pit.

Okay... so THAT was appropros of nothing....

The refrigerator is a 97 model Amana; it was pretty grungy, but cooling when I started tearing it down and washing it up (Hey! I'm not a COMPLETE idiot...I unplugged it first).

When I had that hubby o'mine pull it out from the wall, 4 or 5 German type cockroaches ran for the floor boards. I wiped 'em out with my trusty bottle of 409, and haven't seen any since.

Have checked the condenser area and rapped on the back...no additional escapees, and a crack along the floor trim seems to be where the nasty critters came from (there's an old root cellar in the crawlspace), but my question is...how does one assure oneself that there isn't a roach hotel in the fridge-a-fator insulation?

I know they can chew through wiring, etc.

Hubby's gonna pop off the 2 rear access panels when we head back over there tomorrow, but what, exactly, should we be looking for, and where?

I've had those calls before (working for a major manufacturer of white goods, I've pretty much heard it all...mice baked in range insulation during the self-clean, rats that have chewed through the wiring under a dishwasher, etc.)

Knowing that ya'all have been there, done that (and would prefer NOT to do it again), any insight would be appreciated!:yikes::yikes:

Last edited on Sun Jun 20th, 2010 08:23 am by Robin the Hood



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first of all you need to stop the source of the roaches ( the crack in the floor). once you remove the back cover just use your eyeballs. if you see millions of tiny brown and black specs along with a nice musky odor then rest assure you have an infestation. They adore warm dark areas and can be all most impossible to get to them. if you find that its really bad when you look in the back you can be sure that they are on the inside as well (they love cold controls) you may need to totally disassemble and clean with a bleach solution. on another note dont expect a 97 Amana to last much longer..getting close to retirement age :)



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It was left behind in the house; once we get that "gubbermint credit" we'll be replacing it...but didn't want to go $1000 into debt right now if we don't have to.

Makes me wonder if, since it was the ONLY appliance left in the house, the tenants/owner KNEW it ws infested.

Hubby says it smells like the house had been "bombed", but I don't think they bothered to put one in the crawl space. We'll be doing that tonight, after plugging the crack.

But if keeping it means a cockroach problem, then to the dump it will be-a-goin'!

Thanks for your reply!



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ur quite welcome



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Congrats on the new Home-20!



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Thanks, Samurai!

Long story...hubby worked for the same company for 13 years, and his boss was the "landlord".

Since the boss could not afford to set him up with a 401K, he decided he would "gift" us the house we were renting from him.

Now, there IS a "fiance'" involved; we are just NOT her favorite people. So the plan is that, after their Vegas Wedding in July (of 2009), he'll break the news that we're now "permanent" neighbors, and then sign off on the PPW.

Hubby is a trusting soul; I say, "Put it in writing!"  Hubby says, "Oh, I trust Steve!"

And Steve promptly drops dead on June 1st, 2009.

:violin:

I hated the damned place, anyway.  :moon:

The Amana cleaned up fine! No cucarachas inside of it; lots & lots of elbow grease (and Comet Paste, and Citrus Orange Cleaner, and Formula 409), cools and freezes as expected. But MAN...those people were PIGS! Which probably explains the cucarachas!

Even my 22 year old child-thing was grossed out by how dirty it was..."Mom! How could ANYONE put FOOD in that?"

The few cucarachas that survived the bombing have turned up dead. Delayed reaction to the chemicals?

I'm plugging every crack & crevice I can find with silicone caulk. House dates back to the 1930's, but everything's been painted over so many times there' s nary a crack to address!

Again, thanks for your advice and your good wishes, all!



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Yeah delayed death...will probably go on for up to a week or so. That's some bad luck, hope it all works out.



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It's a done deal!

Which surprised me, I gotta tel you. We were able to get a Home Loan at pretty much what we've been paying for rent (i.e., little over $700 a month), and that includes the homeowner's insurance and tax payments.



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