Cockroaches range around 1.3 to 1.6 cm in length and are generally either brown or black in colour (though most commonly brown.) They’re a notoriously resilient pest and require swift extermination if found in your apartment. Like all other pests, it is your landlord’s responsibility to arrange the extermination.
- Call your landlord and inform them that your apartment is infested as soon as you see one cockroach; do not wait for it to go away and do not wait until you see more than one. Your landlord must act immediately and call an exterminator for your apartment.
- In the meantime, place any food that may come into contact with the cockroaches in sealed food containers. Cockroaches can and will access any available food so be sure to not leave anything in the open for these creatures (this includes your pet’s food.)
Tip: this is a generally good practice to prevent any pests from chowing down on your food.
If your landlord does not act or the problem persists with extermination:
- Write a demand letter and send it through registered mail requesting further action for the removal of the pests.
If problems persist:
- Open a file for a hearing at the Régie du logement.
- Fax your local municipal city inspector the demand letter you sent your landlord.
For more information consult this handout on Cockroaches from the Government of Canada.
I’m pretty sure the cockroaches are coming from my neighbour’s apartment, what should I do?
What if I send my landlord a letter but not through registered mail?
Can I ask to be reimbursed for any damaged items (contaminated food) in my apartment due to the pests?