Effective rodent control and pest prevention in apartments and condominiums takes a combined effort from the building’s landlord and its tenants. For landlords, Action Pest Exterminating offers these useful tips for minimizing rodent-related problems in your units.
Discuss Responsibilities With Tenants
Before signing a contract with a tenant, discuss the preventative pest control responsibilities they’ll need to take on. These include:
- Cleaning the kitchen after each meal
- Regularly taking out the garbage
- Consistently cleaning the bathroom
- Contacting the landlord if a rodent is sighted
As you can see, none of these responsibilities require a monetary investment from the tenant, beyond what they would expect to pay for standard cleaning supplies. All that you’re asking for is vigilance and a commitment to keeping their place clean.
Take Preventative Measures Before a Tenant Moves In
Before a tenant moves in, there are several ways you can protect the unit and your property as a whole from rodents. While you may be able to do a few of these things on your own, it’s a good idea to contract with our local exterminator and reap the benefits of professional pest control.
- Make sure all cracks and holes are sealed in the floor, walls, pipes, etc.
- Check door and window screens and confirm that they’re in good shape. If there’s a hole that a rodent can take advantage of, replace the screen.
- Rectify any moisture or drainage problems in the kitchen and bathroom. Rodents and other pests love being around water, or at the very least damp areas.
- Position trash and recycling bins far enough away from the building so that curious rodents don’t move from the trash directly into a unit
- Bushes, leaf piles, and hedges are all popular places for rodents to live and breed. Ensure your property is regularly landscaped (leaves removed, bushes/hedges trimmed, gutters cleaned, etc.) so these “hot spots” are minimized.
Be Proactive With Tenants and Show Them You’re Committed
While it’s likely you’ll require expert pest control services to truly rodent-proof your property, it’s always good idea to give your tenants the materials they need to keep their units pest-free. For a low cost, consider outfitting your every unit with:
- Garbage bags
- A rake for leaf removal (depending on the unit’s location)
- A “starter kit” of cleaning supplies, such as sponges, rags, and a couple of eco-friendly cleaning solutions. By no means should you expect to supplement your tenants for a year or even a month, but giving them enough to get started plants the “cleaning” seed in their mind.
- A broom and a mop
- A schedule confirming the days that trash and recycling are picked up
- A contact list for emergencies and questions
Check On Your Tenants Periodically
Every few weeks, visit your tenants and see how things are going. Check to see that they’re keeping the unit clean, and ask them if they’ve spotted any rodents inside or out. This also gives tenants a chance to talk with you in-person, as opposed to phone/email.
Trust The Experts
The amount of experience and pest-control knowledge possessed by Action Pest Exterminating makes us one of the foremost pest control companies serving Charlotte. If you’d like more information about keeping your units rodent-free and your tenants happy, give us a call today.