The thought of a property filled with mice, cockroaches, bed bugs or other pests is not appealing. Tenants do not want to live in a property overrun with these vermin nor do landlords want to deal with constant extermination headaches and tenant complaints about pests. The good news is, there are steps you, the landlord, can take to help prevent pests from entering your property.
What Can Landlords Do?
Even though landlords cannot control everything their tenants do, there are certain things landlords can control. These steps can help reduce the chances of pest entering the property.
- Exterminate Regularly:
You should schedule regular exterminations at your property. This should be done before you ever see signs of a rodent or insect. This preventative measure is important because, by the time you actually see signs of the critters, the infestation is already much larger than you realize. Exterminating regularly will help keep your property clean and help keep small problems from exploding into large ones.
- Seal Up Cracks and Crevices:
Sealing cracks and crevices in your property will help keep little critters out. This should be done around the exterior of the property as well as inside the property.
On the exterior of the property, make sure to check the building’s foundation, as well as for gaps around pipes, vents, windows and doors. When sealing the inside of the property make sure to check basements, common areas, tenants’ apartments, attics and crawl spaces. Again, check around the perimeter and near any pipes, vents, windows and doors.
This can be a time consuming process, but it can help save you time and money later on. For mice prevention, you can insert a mixture of steel wool and caulk into the hole. Caulking works well to fill all other cracks and crevices.
- Keep Common Areas Clean:
While you cannot control how a tenant lives inside their own apartment, unless they are violating safety standards of course, you can still control the common areas of the property. You can make sure all common areas are clean and free from trash and debris. Vacuuming or sweeping once or twice a week should be sufficient.
- Have Proper Trash Receptacles
To help prevent pests in your property, make sure you have proper waste receptacles. These receptacles should be sturdy and have lids which should always be secured to the top. You should regularly inspect them to make sure they are free of cracks or holes. If possible, you should also place these bins away from the actual property. You do not want the smell of garbage to attract creatures near your property.
- Remove Clutter From the Perimeter of the Property:
In addition to keeping trash receptacles away from your property, you also want to remove any clutter around the perimeter of the property. Piles of wood, logs or compost should be moved away from the property. You should trim hedges and bushes and get rid of weeds. Keeping a clean perimeter will help reduce spots for vermin to hide in or to build nests. If pests are living close to your property, there is a greater likelihood of them getting inside your property.
- Eliminate Standing Water Around the Property:
If there is standing water around or inside the property, or if there are leaky pipes or faucets, you should remedy the problem immediately. Standing water is a breeding ground for insects and water also attracts cockroaches and rodents.
- Contact Tenants If You Notice a Problem
As the landlord, there is only so much you can do to prevent pests in your property. Your tenants have to do their part as well. If you notice trash accumulating, garbage that is not being disposed of properly or debris around the property, contact your tenant immediately. Inform them of the proper procedures for disposing of garbage. Remind them that keeping the property clean can help prevent pests from entering.