(Long post, sorry)
Ok I have not gotten the Black and Decker sonic things yet, price being an issue. I know they are not that much but when you don't have much extra $, well, it sucks.
The landlords do spray, they just came out again last week, and it is worse now. All the bugs have been displaced from their hiding spots are are literally everywhere.
From your post Nekomania, "Weatherizing, locks, running water, working plumbing, heating and cooling, pest control, and other basics must be in place."
They are providing pest control, if you want to call it that. I watched this time around what they did, it was sad (last time around my neighbors and I had to be out of the building during spraying, not this time)
I had one guy, a maitenance worker, not a pro, spoke very little English, come in with a small vacuum and a can of spray with tube nozzle on it, (like the ones that come with a can of WD-40)
He sprayed under my fridge, not even pointing the nozzle directly under, about 6 inches away and very fast, more of a threat than a good spray to kill, same with under the stove, above the stove hood and in the space between my top cabinets and the ceiling. Hit the baseboards in my kitchenette, then, and this is what gets me even more that all that, just opened up my cubbords and sprayed the entire area inside not aiming at anything in particular. SO goody, where I keep the thing I eat off of are covered in poison and that did what? Scare away roaches that were not in there to be direct hit killed? They had all been scared away by me geting all my stuff out of the way so they could spray poison to kill nothing.
$h*t, I could do a better job and maybe even kill some of them! (the roaches, lol,)
After the guy left (and nothing against him, seemed like a nice guy, just not a bug guy, did the job he was given to do. He did not have breathing gear on, gotta love that from those who employed him to do this, I feel sorry for him) I spent the rest of the afternoon stomping and squishing roaches that had been merely threated with death now not only crawling out from my place but from all the rest of the units.
And it still goes on, a week later.
I have a mass of teeny baby roaches, doesn't matter if the light is on, and oh yea, I have the lights going 24/7, they are all over my sink and counter, such as it is. I hate to kill them, they are kinda cute, but, they are roaches! The big ones who have learned to stay away from the light are now in my living area, my bed/couch. I do need sleep occasionally and cant keep the lights blasting on me, I am loosing sleep, my circadian rythem is all messed up.
This is a HUGE apartment complex in a bad part of town, I would not have the money to pay for anything legal, and I am sure the owners are lawyerd up the ya huh to get by on the minimum they can do.
It is so gross, I wish they had never sprayed. I wish I had never moved here.
Pardon all my spelling errors and thank you for reading through that rant.