No one likes to find pests in their home. Whether it’s spiders, rodents, insects, or any other creature, they invade a space, disrupt tenants, and decrease the value of your property. They can also cost your property a lot in damages if you don’t fix the problem immediately. Termites alone cost Americans more than $5 million in damages every year. Here are a few simple things you can do to ensure your property stays pest-free and your tenants safe and happy.
Examine the spaces around your doors. It’s very common that you’ll find cracks big enough for even the smallest bugs to get in. To prevent them from getting inside, add a steel or aluminum threshold under the door. You can also combine this with a nylon door sweep which will cover the gap between the threshold and door bottom to make an even better seal against bugs.
On the exterior of the property, check the building’s foundation as well as gaps around pipes, vents, windows, and doors. On the interior, check basements, common areas, tenant’s apartments, attics, and crawl spaces. Pests can fit into even the smallest of openings, so it’s important to seal every possible entry point. You can use mortar or cement to patch foundations and use caulk for small cracks around the exterior, window frames, and roofs.
Especially during warm, summer days, tenants are likely to crack open their windows to allow in a fresh breeze. However, this also invites pests into the property including mosquitos, fleas, and other insects into the property as well. Installing screens on all of your windows and doors will allow tenants to still keep the ventilation of fresh air they enjoy while preventing any pests from entering as well.
Store Trash Properly
As many are already aware, bugs, mice, and many other pests are attracted to trash. Cockroaches and fruit flies especially love to find an easily attainable bag of trash; and if they find one, they’ll stick around in search of more. In order to prevent this, make sure you have proper waste bins that are sturdy and have secure lids. Regularly inspect them for any cracks or holes that may occur. Work together with your tenants to ensure that their trash gets put inside the bins and not on their front doorstep or simply placed next to the bins.
Kill the Bugs You See
Even after bug-proofing your property, you may still see a few stray pests. It’s important to kill these to prevent infestation. Ask your tenants to send you a picture of the pests they find so you know what your next course of action should be. This can help you know what pesticides to buy to further prevent these pests or help you show an exterminator the kind of help you need depending on which route you decide to take.