6 tips to prevent pest invasions on your rental property
Don’t wait for a bug infestation – start working towards preventing one today. It usually starts out with just a few pests here and there and then suddenly your entire home is overrun with pests. It is best to prevent any pests from invading your private space and property as it disrupts your personal space and reduces your monthly rentals.
Here are 6 common pests that can invade your rental property:
1. Rats and mice
Small pellet-like droppings, sounds in your walls and ceiling along with shredded paper are all signs of rodents which spread diseases, harmful bacteria and spoil foods.
2. Bed bugs
Bed bugs will literally make you lose sleep as they feed on human blood. You can find bed bugs by checking for small dark spots or red marks on your bed sheets, mattresses or sofas. Bed bugs infiltrate homes by hitch hiking their way on various items of clothing, furniture or home appliances.
Cockroaches give off a moist, musty type of smell and are naturally drawn to food related home appliances as they can feed off the leftover food crumbs and stains in them.
4. Wood eating pests like termites and carpenter ants
Rotting wood in around or near your property attracts wood eating pests like termites and carpenter ants so make it clear from the very beginning that this type of behaviour is prohibited.
Ants are drawn to water sources so just make sure to eliminate the water sources.
6. Food pests
Food pests are caused by tenants as they may leave their food easily accessible to the pests. Make your food sources inaccessible to pests to prevent this.
So what can you do to prevent pest invasions on your property?
The people that live on your property will be affected the most so it is important to take preventative measures by educating them on pest control techniques.
You should visit your rental properties on a regular basis to find and repair any problems that may pop up from time to time. You can:
- Check for any cracks in the floors, walls and foundations as this is the way that most pests enter
- Ensure that dustbins remain closed
- Ensure that your sump pump is functional
- Maintain cleanliness
As a landlord it is your duty to provide your tenants with a pest free living environment. Having pests will invite constant tenant turnover and tenant complaints which will leave you facing unnecessary hassles so it is best to have your property exterminated before renting it out.
5 tips for tenants
1. Prevention is better than cure
Store your food in a dry, airtight place to ensure that pests can’t get to them. Keep the area where you store food and dine clean at all times as food crumbs and spills attract pests.
2. Keep your kitchen clean and food properly stored
Keeping your kitchen clean and your food properly stored in pest proof places is the first step towards preventing pests. Also don’t leave your dishes unwashed and make sure that your pet’s food is not attracting pests.
3. Seal up cracks and crevices
Sealing up the cracks and crevices on your property will help keep the tiny creatures out and should be conducted on both the interior and exterior of your property. This may be a tiresome process but will save you a lot of time, stress and money in the long term.
4. Have proper dustbins in place
Purchase good quality dustbins that can be properly shut to prevent infestations.
5. Remove standing water around your property and maintain dryness
Standing water is a breeding ground for insects and water also attracts cockroaches and rodents so make sure that you have your leaky pipes fixed immediately. Don’t leave any stagnant water pooled in your kitchen sink, bathroom or washing areas as pests need a source of moisture to survive even though they can go for long periods without food.
It is your duty as landlord to provide your tenants with a pest-free living environment but there is an exception to this rule if the pest infestation was caused by your tenant’s lack of cleanliness. In this case, it is the tenant’s duty to call and pay for professional pest control services. This is enforced even more if the lease agreement states that the tenant is expected to maintain a pest-free property otherwise it is your duty as landlord to provide residential pest control services.
Author Bio: When people find their homes and offices infested with pests, it is not uncommon for them to panic. Raymond Web has taken upon him the task to educate people on pest prevention and control strategies helping them keep their surroundings healthy, safe and pest-free. Being the digital marketing manager for Take Care Termite and Pest Control, in Tracy, CA, he has in-depth understanding of people and their pain points due to pests, which he efficiently uses in his content to educate people and add value to their lives.