Saturday, July 24, 2010

Skeeters and Glass Houses

You might remember the urban swamp I wrote about? And before that, the Idiots & Mice. Well, I will tell you: this is the same building. I called the city and I griped to the Store Manager. Underlying my words, of course, is the sense that this person doesn't even want to help himself . . .

I guess those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Anyway, he is avoiding calling his home office Real Estate Hotline about his problems. As long as there is a bag of food trash down the stairwell, the rodents have something to eat. As long as the drains are clogged, the water won't leave. If the drain(s) have to be Roto-Rootered (what is the real verb for that?)  the landlord has to pay. Not the SM, so why is it so tough to make this call? I don't understand it at all.

So I complained to him again Wednesday. Actually pulled him from a meeting. I was told he was in conference with the District Manager--Hey! Golden Opportunity! But the DM wouldn't come out of the office, and so the Manager lied and said he wasn't there. If there is a species on earth that I don't care for? Besides mosquitoes and rats? The DM. Best buck-passers ever.

Anyway, to shut me up the SM agreed to clean it up. At his expense? I can't disagree--those months of trash could have been solved by one ten-minute pull of the can months ago. On the other hand, what is so bad about calling the landlord, or giving me the landlord's name?

I must be ferocious. Anyway, it does look better down there. My one concern is that the underlying problem, the rodents, have safe haven in the empty building. We still aren't calling the landlord. And wouldn't I just.

In the tranquil night scene you see above, it's clean. The bucket is gone, one major mosquito vector. If the drain was blocked only by leaves, then we're set. When it rains, though, the ash tray and can will fill with water and we will have some mosquito vector left. Not to the same threat though.

I did this for me. Mosquitoes love me far too much. A block or so away from my house? Trouble.

In the meantime, at home, I have a ton of stuff to do. If I can do as well as I expect from others, I will be in a better place. Of course, I have neither rats nor mosquitoes. The cats did chew a hole in my window screen Thursday night.

Behind, again! Best get to it.

Oh, and this Zemanta Thing? Sometimes it's silly, but here's a Science article saying 
Mosquitoes Should Die.
Something we non-scientists have suspected all along. Malaria, heartworms, bug bites! 
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Bob G. said...

I hate them damn skeetrs too.
I hate the bites, the itching, the swelling...all of it (and them).

Cats chewing THROUGH a screen???
That's some FEISTY FELINES you have there!
They DO have "pet-screen" material you can get at most ANY home-improvement store and THAT stuff would stop a Pernicious Pug at twenty paces!

I did do a screen repair post a while back...
One of these days, I really need to TAG my posts for EASY

Been a little busy worrying about the future of our nation.
(as have we all).

Good luck and let me know if you need any advice on repairing it, 'K?

The Bug said...

I counted 7 bites on my legs from just sitting outside for 20 minutes the other evening. At least they don't itch - maybe they weren't mosquitos?

Can you put a big trash bag over the top of the ash can - or do they actually use it?

Momma Fargo said...

Death to all skeeters. I'm harsh like that. Glad you are getting some resolve. Deet is too dangerous to wear all the time and stinks. Not my choice of perfume.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
I am just living lunchmeat to the skeeter crowd. And I think once you get bit--some pheromone attaches, and they ALL come.

These cats are crazy! I love them dearly. Just lately besides the screens, they have decided that ELECTRICAL CORDS are the best toys ever.

So I will have kitties in time out, or else fried kitties or even perhaps squashed kitties--it's rough on the tyrant around here, LOL! But I know best!

I have ordered some new toys since novelty seems to be the need. Not that they don't have 40 of them, but they're OLD.

After i read your post on screens, I found that my hardware store will do this!!!! So I am going to take them two at a time for cat-proof screening, most damaged first!

Thanks for the Help! You have no idea how much help it was!


Ann T. said...

Dear The Bug,
Even one bite drives me nuts! The trash bag idea is a good one. It also beats nagging all the time!

Thank you!
Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Momma Fargo,
Yes, thank you, I AM getting some resolve. And, death to skeeters!
Ann T.

The Observer said...

Ann T:
Yes, death to all skeeters--they think I am tasty. Until I changed detergent brands, they used to bite me through my socks!

Remember, owners' names of real estate can be pried out of public records. Here it's the county--just go to the appropriate spot on the web site and submit the address

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
What detergent did you switch to, LOL!

And thanks for the reminder. I am going to look these goons up for sure!

Thank you!
Ann T.