Pest Control

When managing rental properties, pest control is vital to maintaining the value of the property.  When left unchecked, pest infestations can cause a slew of problems. Not only is having a pest infestation unsanitary it can lead to legal issues if not handled immediately.  While some pests are simply annoying, there are some that are lethal or spread certain diseases.

Who Pays?

In most cases it is the responsibility of the landlord to cover pest control for rental properties unless stated otherwise in the lease agreement. If the lease does not specify who is responsible and you are still unsure, you can check your state’s laws.

Preventing Pest Infestation

When it comes to pest control for your rental property, prevention is key. It is altogether best to prevent a problem versus waiting for it to happen. You should provide a list of tips for preventing pest infestation to your tenants. Some useful tips to include are;

  • Store Food Properly – storing food in airtight containers will help prevent the infestation of ants.
  • Inspect Dry Foods – check dry food such as flour for worms or other bugs. Also check boxes for any holes left by mice.
  • Take Out The Trash – any trash cans should have a lid and the trash should be taken out regulary.
  • Make Repairs – issues with leaking pipes or roofs, as well as window air conditioning units can cause standing water which will attract bugs.
  • Eliminate Wood Products – to avoid infestation of termites, remove any wood that is not in use. If you have a deck make sure it is treated properly and checked regularly. Cardboard boxes are also a magnet for spiders, particularly brown recluses in native areas.

It can also be a good idea to have a plan with a pest control company such as Terminix in which they will come in and inspect every quarter and place any preventative traps and spray the barrier of the property to prevent future infestation.

Handling Pest Infestation

It is important that you impress upon the tenants to report any pest issue as it arises rather than waiting for it to get out of control.  This will make handling pest infestation much easier.  Once a pest issue is reported you will want to contact your local pest control company to come and treat the property as soon as possible. While an ant here or there may seem minor, it can soon spread to a hoard of ants overnight.

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Crystal Stannard earned a Master's Degree from AIU. She is passionate about learning, reading, writing, and teaching. She lives in Jackson, TN with her family.

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