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  • I walk into the apartment, I open the door,

  • and immediately a smell hits you.

  • Now, I can't really describe this smell,

  • but it's very unpleasant.

  • So now, I begin to just do your general just looking around.

  • Then all of a sudden I'm like,

  • it looks like the wall is moving.

  • So, hundreds and hundreds of roaches on this guy's wall.

  • That's just when you walk in.

  • His mattress was completely infested with roaches.

  • You could barely see that the mattress,

  • the color of the mattress.

  • I'll put it that way. It looked brown.

  • My name is Larry Bernhardt.

  • I work for Top Notch Pest Control.

  • I've been an exterminator for about 13 years now.

  • Most pests will reproduce according to food,

  • and, unfortunately, New York is severely overpopulated.

  • So there's an abundance of food and shelter

  • for them to just keep reproducing.

  • You know, ton of rats.

  • [Interviewer] Right.

  • Rodents, roaches, you name it,

  • it's pretty much in New York.

  • A few places I would never want to live

  • is pretty much next to old, multi-unit buildings.

  • So like your prewar buildings.

  • That's basically any building that was like

  • built before World War II in New York City.

  • There's a bunch of holes in the buildings.

  • They're not up-to-date regulation-wise.

  • Old piping, stuff like that,

  • will always cause pest problems,

  • a bunch of places for the rodents and pests to hide.

  • And, yes, next to a park because you don't know

  • what's going on inside of the park with all the rodents.

  • Rats tend to burrow, and if there's a bunch of ground

  • that they can burrow into, they're gonna tend to nest there.

  • Once they start looking for food,

  • if there's not food ready for them,

  • they're gonna make their way into buildings.

  • Especially in the winter, they're looking for warmth.

  • If your building is the closest to the park,

  • you're gonna be the first place that they go.

  • So the worst floor to live on

  • would actually be the ground level or first floor.

  • Pests generally start to go from ground up,

  • especially rodents.

  • So you'll get your rat issues and your mouse issues

  • from the ground up.

  • The pest problem is terrible near restaurants.

  • It really has to do with the garbage,

  • them disposing of it in the proper ways

  • and also in, like, a timely manner.

  • You know, a lot of these restaurants,

  • they'll just have like a dumpster out in the back,

  • and they're just putting the garbage right there.

  • What happens is, after nighttime,

  • the rats are just going to eat.

  • So as they eat, they'll reproduce more.

  • And also with these takeout restaurants,

  • if they are having a pest problem,

  • and one actually has a roach egg in it,

  • and now you're putting it into your cabinet,

  • yes, you know have an infestation of roaches.

  • I think most New Yorkers don't know that

  • a roach egg will typically have 30 to 40 babies in it.

  • So generally somebody sees one roach,

  • they kill it, and they kind of move on with life.

  • They don't realize that the first thing you should be doing

  • is calling a professional or at least

  • trying to take care of it on your own,

  • that there's probably 30 more that you're just not seeing.

  • The most important things would actually be

  • taking the trash out every night

  • and making sure there's no dirty dishes in the sink.

  • Also, no clutter.

  • Clutter is the worst because once something gets in,

  • you're not gonna be able to find it

  • due to all the clutter and the messy conditions.

  • You know, we're never gonna be ahead of it

  • until people start taking sanitary matters very seriously.

  • I make my way into the bedroom,

  • his mattress was completely infested with roaches.

  • I've never seen that in all the years

  • I've been doing pest control.

  • [Interviewer] What does that mean,

  • infested with roaches?

  • You could barely see that the mattress,

  • the color of the mattress.

  • I'll put it that way. It looked brown.

I walk into the apartment, I open the door,

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A New York City Exterminator Tells Us The Places He'd Never Live

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/29
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