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Things you wish your residents knew about pest control
Condos and apartments are among those industries which have highest demands for pest control and pest management is quite tricky because of the different sanitation habits and lifestyles of the large base of residents. This is particularly the case when it comes to some common multifamily pests like flies, ants, bed bugs or cockroaches.
But wouldn't the things be better if all the tenants are on same page regarding pest control and they play their roles in keeping the pests out? What will you want the residents to know? Following is a list of six things which all residents should know about the pest control.
1. Pest problems can be attracted or proliferated by poor sanitation: There are different reasons due to which pests come in homes. Some pests want warm places to spend winter, some get carried in accidentally, and pest like flies, cockroaches and rodents get drawn indoors because of the availability of water and food sources. The later can be prevented by simple tactics of sanitation. Easy routines such as taking the trash out regularly, not leaving the dirty dishes in sink and storing food items in containers which are tightly sealed can help in reducing likelihood of attracting the pests.
2. Pest are attracted to water: Water is one of most universal attractant of pests. Most of the pests may survive without any food for extended periods if they have water available. This means that it is quite important to reduce the sources of water along with food. Emptying the cups or bowls containing water in sink, fixing leaky faucets and preventing the overwhelmed plants are some steps which can help.
3. Bed bugs do not have anything to do with the cleanliness: One common misconception is that the bedbugs thrive in unsanitary or dirty environment. In reality it does not matter if the home or the individual is clean. Bedbugs might still get introduced and they can still survive if they get the blood form some living organism.
4. Spiders might not be a cause of your bites: Many people might have experienced waking up with bug bite and thinking that some spider bit them. However, it is quite rare that a spider would seek you in the bed and then bite you. The tenants should know that in case they experience waking up from bites, bed bugs might be present. It is also quite possible that they have been bitten by some other pest for example mite, tick or mosquito earlier during the day, and they could simple be experiencing delayed reaction. In case the tenants keep pets, there is a chance of fleas as well.
5. Pests can spread from one unit to another: Cockroaches and bedbugs can spread from one unit to another, below and above. It is important for the residents to have proper sanitary maintenance of their home, report any pest problems which they face and to cooperate with the management for scheduling the inspection and treatment when required.
6. When should the management be notified: One of the worst nightmares which a property manager might have is a tenant who does not report pest infestation. This allows for the infestation to grow or spread into much larger areas and the infestation can become a very expensive problem. The tenants should report the problem urgently so that it could be handled on time, before any long term problem is caused. Some tenants might be hesitant in reporting pest problems because of the fear of getting evicted. In some cases they might be hesitant because they might not want their apartment to be inspected by the management as they might be hiding something. So there is a need for the properties to be inspected as part of lease agreement throughout the year.
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