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i had them in a flat i lived in a few years ago. it's awful.
They're such fuckers. We had a block of unused tiles in the bathroom that was there to smack the occasional cockroach with if you were naked and there was one on the floor.
I remember using my hard guitar case to splat one once when I was practising.
Then there was that time one dropped into our friend's hair...and when one crawled over my then girlfriend's shoulder when we were lying in bed, leaving one of its little legs sticking out of her.
i've had them in a couple of houses. thought this one was devoid of them. couple of months back we caught a few in the kitchen, took precautions, and never saw them again. these last couple of days though we're properly under attack, at least 2, 3 every time you go into the kitchen. there was even one in my room lastnight. i didn't sleep well. definitely one of the times it's good to be single. i HATE them. gonna call the landlord today, but since it's a big old building with lots of flats in it, and the walls are all pretty much connected (and, speaking to the guys who live upstairs, they have the same problem), i imagine they'll say there's not much they can do.
apparently catnip works as a cockroach repellent.
they'd have to treat the whole building, and if another tenant is being messy they'll just come back.
our landlord told us that it was our responsibility to deal with pests in the property :(