A few years ago I broke up with my ex and moved to the first apartment I found that I could afford. I didn't spend any time researching the building- I just needed a place to live and took the first place I found.
Little did I know that this complex has chronic, ongoing bug problems. There are pest control trucks here nearly every week. However moving here tapped out all my resources and shortly afterwards, housing prices skyrocketed. I can't afford to move anywhere except another building with the same type of problem.
I do my best to keep my apartment bug free and I thought I was succeeding. Then, a few months ago, I was cleaning the girls' C&C cage... and found bugs living *inside* the coroplast itself, in the little grooves. Ugh.
I discarded the cage and the folding table it had been on, and built them a new one. I used plain, heavy-duty vinyl sheet over those foam puzzle-shaped floor tiles, enclosed in wood borders. The new cage is larger and square, and on the ground. They love being able to easily come out and run around.
Then I found bugs living in between the pieces of wood where they are screwed together.
I disassembled the cage, took the girls to a boarding facility and had the exterminator come spray my apartment. I thought it was finally under control. I put the cage back together and started using puppy pee pads so that I could easily change and discard their cage liner every day, so there would be nothing for bugs to eat.
Well, today I pulled the cage out from the wall and guess what's living *under* the cage??
I don't know what to do. I think they need a hard cage with absolutely no cracks or crevices, that is up from the floor, like a petstore cage... But big enough for 3 active piggies. (Their current cage is 4 feet by 5 feet). I am at my wits end. I desperately need some ideas, advice, suggestions. It's not fair to the girls to live in this condition and yet nothing I do seems to work. They aren't neglected- I already clean their cage every day. I can't completely disassemble their cage every day! Does anyone have any thoughts?
I used to live in Florida. The insects there are ridiculous and hard to get rid of once they invade.
- And got the T-shirt
You can get plexiglass at any home supply store -- Lowes, Home Depot, etc.