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Cockroaches and Rats!---Oh my!

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Cockroaches and Rats!---Oh my!

I am visiting NYC with my family in December and have been excited about our visit. However, I am discouraged about reports of rat and cockroach infiltration throughout the city, including at the highly recommended family hotel with which we have reservations in the UWS. With hotel room rates at $300 per night, you at least expect not to be joined on your trip with pests! I mean mice even caught hanging out at olive bins at upscale supermarkets! Any reassuring thoughts or do I need to bring RAID and mouse traps?

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1. Re: Cockroaches and Rats!---Oh my!

Sadly, roaches and rats are facts of life in New York; however the likelihood of finding them in your hotel room is pretty small. If you want to see rats, the most likely place to find them are scampering on subway tracks.

I really wouldn't worry about it.

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If we were concerned with roaches & rats (and bedbugs), we would most likely sell our place in NYC and stay in Mexico or Fire Island. Of course, in Fire Island we have mice, foxes and raccoons, and in Huatulco we have scorpions and geckos….it is a “critter filled” world and we simply live among them. By the way, what critters are roaming around in Mobile?

Hope this helps. Your questions are always welcome.



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3. Re: Cockroaches and Rats!---Oh my!

No there is no "infiltration" in NY. As to rats they are occasionally seen on subway tracks. I have never seen them anyplace else. Roaches do exist in NYC (and I'll bet in Mobile) and they are small. But they are not in hotels or generally on the streets. They are more a problem in older apartment buildings with lots of food, many tenants, etc.

Don't expect to see any, unless you walk on subway tracks or visit old residential apartments.

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4. Re: Cockroaches and Rats!---Oh my!

You are worrying needlessly. If you are referring to the Beacon Hotel, we have stayed there before and loved it and will be staying there again soon (and I'm pretty picky.) We love the UWS as a base to visit NYC. You could see a bug anywhere but it's unlikely you will see rodents, but heck, I had a mouse in my garage last month, that's just life. In fact I've seen many more bugs in southern states than I have in New York. So don't worry and enjoy your visit, NYC is awesome!

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I enjoy watching "Billy the Exterminator" on tv but am always eternally thankful that I don't live down south. You seem to have every varmint and critter on earth down there! I'm sure you'll be able to handle a fleeting glance experience of a rat on a subway track.

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Chill. Have been to Manhattan many times and never encountered a cockroach, rat, mouse or bedbug in any visit. The Upper West Side is a great neighborhood to stay in. Have a wonderful time!

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7. Re: Cockroaches and Rats!---Oh my!

If you have both cockroaches and rats also, then consider yourself lucky. A cockroach is no match for a rat and the rat will eat any roach it can get it's mitts on. So if you see a rat in your room then you're almost for darn sure not to have any cockroaches.

Don't leave your dinner lying around your chamber, keep food out of your trash, wash your face before bed and cover up your toes at night and all should go well. Bedbugs are another nasty story though.

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9. Re: Cockroaches and Rats!---Oh my!

There are rats and roaches in New York City as well as most other ciities I've been to in the world.

I am yet to learn of any place in the world completely free of pests of any kind.

I will say that I much prefer being in New York City where I don't have to worry as much about deer, deer tick, mosquitos (west nile) and other flying things that buzz in your ears. We don't really have those things but rats and roaches are not unheard of. Generally speaking they don't bite and they simply go about their business.

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10. Re: Cockroaches and Rats!---Oh my!

"I am discouraged about reports of rat and cockroach infiltration throughout the city, ..."

You can even see them on the subway.

"Any reassuring thoughts or do I need to bring RAID and mouse traps?"

Bring the RAID and Mouse Traps, but our rats and cockroachs are a tough breed that these will have no effect. Our cockroaches can be the size of your thumb and the rats have been know to scare off the a gang of stray cats.

"Generally speaking they don't bite and they simply go about their business."

That is very true as the are simply looking for their next meal or sneak into a Broadway show.