For many in and around Charlotte, NC, apartment buildings are the perfect combination of comfort and convenience. You get all the comforts of home, without all the hassle of outdoor upkeep. Ideally, you’ve got some top-notch common spaces and a good crew of nice neighbors as well.
Without a yard out back full of potential dwellings for creepy crawlies and their furry friends, it may seem like apartments are mostly out of harm’s way when it comes to pest infestations. But while pest concerns may be different in apartments, they are absolutely a fact of apartment life. With so many people living in close proximity, and so many spaces between apartments to hide, apartment buildings are every bit as conducive to pests as the great outdoors.
So how do you make sure your apartment stays yours and yours alone? We’ve put together some preventive pest control tips to stay one step ahead of those unwanted guests.
Seal Up Food
Your apartment is full of all sorts of enticements for critters, but by far, the most attractive area is the kitchen. After all, there’s nothing quite as alluring as a good meal. For any food that doesn’t come in sealed containers, make sure you transfer it to heavy-duty sealed containers of your own. This will help you keep crumbs out of the cabinets. For any drops or spills, ensure that you clean up quickly. And don’t overlook pet food. Crumbs from an enthusiastic puppy or kitten chow-down are just as delicious to pests as those crumbs from your breakfast. If you do happen to see insects in the kitchen, take a few minutes to wipe down countertops with vinegar. It may not smell the best, but that strong smell disrupts insect odor trails, which they use to lead their friends to the feeding frenzy.
Clean Up Standing Water
So you’ve taken care of the insects’ food supply, now it’s time to make sure they don’t have anything to drink. While roaches can wait a while for their next meal, they need to drink water regularly. Make sure your place isn’t their preferred watering hole by making sure that water doesn’t stay in sinks, tubs, or showers. It’s a good idea to periodically check the pipes under the sinks as well, and to take a look at the faucets up top. If there’s a leak anywhere, take care of it immediately.
While pests may be adept at finding ways into the places where they’re least wanted, that doesn’t mean you have to make it easy for them. Ensure that the seals around doors and windows are tight. A trip to the hardware store may be in order to pick up a tube of silicone caulk, or a door sweep for underneath your door. If there are any holes in the walls, baseboards, or elsewhere, patch the holes up with a metallic mesh drywall patch. Stuffing some steel wool in larger holes can also help keep critters away.
Clear Away Clutter
Pests are after the same thing you are: a cozy place to call home. Don’t give them one. As things like mail or clothing build up on countertops or floors, the cool, dark places pests love most begin to multiply. Less clutter means less attractive living quarters for pests.
Bed-Bug-Proof the Mattress
While no pest is a good pest, bed bugs have emerged in recent years as one of the scariest specters haunting the nightmares of apartment dwellers. These particularly unpleasant creatures make a habit of burrowing into your mattress. Zipping it up tight in a bed-bug-proof mattress sealer can keep these insects out.
If the worst happens and pests do find their way into your humble abode, professional pest control can give you your apartment back. Call Action Pest Exterminating Co. at 704-269-4162 to learn more or to schedule a free pest quote.