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Posted by2 months ago

Filthy neighbors

I purchased our house 2 years ago. When we bought it we knew the house behind us was an eyesore, but we never considered that they may be a host to pests.

Fast forward a year and we started getting dead small oriental cockroaches in the basement. Spoke with an exterminator who sprays our house every 6 months for bugs/spiders (we have dogs) and he said they were dying because we keep our house too cool for them to survive, and they are most likely coming from a neighboring houses pipes, as they aren’t breeding here.

Fast forward another year, and Now there are mice at the fence line.

Behind the fence? My neighbors lawn is uncut weeds, junk (like literal mattresses, road signs, etc).

I know that if I approach these people it will come off as accusatory and will most likely escalate, they aren’t exactly the calmest (we’ve heard them yell and fight at each other plenty, and I suspect they do heavier drugs. In the summer, they spend more time in their camper than the house, and currently they have a pallet as an indoor locking mechanism for their sliding glass door)

What are my options? I don’t want to start a rivalry with an unpredictable neighbor. I don’t live in an HOA, and code enforcement seems like my best bet?

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Call Code Enforcement.

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level 1

Chickens are great little pest controllers. The will eat mice, roaches, anything they can catch. If you don't want to tell your neighbours to tidy up their yard, just be friendly, go knock on the door and tell them you just saw a huge snake go into their yard & wanted to warn them. It might be enough to encourage a clean up

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Op · 2 mo. ago

We had a cat, but sadly it strayed too far from our home and got hit by a car this year. Trying to stay away from adding more pets. (Have a 8 month old St. Bernard puppy and a 11yr old 8lb mutt)

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When I lived in an apartment, I bought one of those electromagnetic pest repellant devices, it completely got rid of cockroaches and mice from my house. My neighbour however said he had been getting a lot more pests, so I think it worked and pushed all my pests into his apartment. U can try code enforcement, but it’s unlikely these filthy neighbours will comply. When u buy a property, an initial eyesore could become a real problem down the track

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level 2

So those really work. I'm getting one.

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· 2 mo. ago

Do you remember the brand?

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Thanks for the advice! I’ll take a look to see what’s available and reputable

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level 1

Check your local city hall to see if there is a number or someone to call about trash/ hoarders

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level 1

You bought a house next door to a dump.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Still the best move I could have made. Equity up 180k in 2 years, used it to pay off my debt and renovate the house for the price of my truck payment.

Rent is easily 2x as much for half the size and no garage.

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level 1

You can buy cinnamon in bulk and dust the edge of the property

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Definitely code enforcement!

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