Spring has sprung, and summer is on its way! With warmer weather on the horizon, this may open up an invitation to some very unwanted houseguests- pests! Unfortunately, pests are a common nuisance no matter where you live. Everyone will have to deal with pests at one point or another. Not only are pests a huge annoyance, but there can also be potential health risks.
When you are a tenant, you may be wondering who is responsible for pest control at your home. It is always best to check your lease agreement to understand the requirements for keeping these unwelcome guests under control. Some property managers will offer a nominal payment option that includes treatment of your home, inside and out. Regardless of what your lease states, there are a few surefire ways to minimize the risk of having a pest invasion.
Vacuuming often may seem silly and is likely something you are already doing. Things like crumbs and dust can accumulate in carpet fibers or under appliances and become the latest hot spot for an ant or roach party. It is guaranteed that these guys will invite the rest of the neighborhood to make themselves at home.
Take Out Your Trash
This is another tip that many of you are likely doing on an almost daily basis. Pests treat anything smelly such as trash as an open invitation to come in. Emptying your trash bins as soon as they become full will take some of the fun out of it for any roaches, ants, flies, and their friends. It is also a good idea to disinfect and rinse out your trash bins every month to remove any residue left behind.
Keep Kitchen & Bathrooms Clean
Implementing a daily cleaning routine for your kitchen and bathrooms will immensely reduce the risk of pests congregating there. Be sure to put food away as soon as you are finished. Wipe down the countertops at the end of every day. Be certain to empty the garbage disposal and keep the drains clean. Not only will a clean kitchen and bathroom boost your mood, but it can also provide some peace of mind that you’re putting up a roadblock from attracting pests.
Check Secondhand Furniture & Clothing
I think we can all agree that nothing beats a great deal! You went to a yard sale or your favorite thrift shop and found your dream couch and a new outfit too! Unfortunately bringing items into your home that have been in someone’s residence opens up the potential for pests such as fleas, bed bugs, roaches, and spiders. Your dream couch could have been in storage for many months and your new outfit could have been in a trash bag in their garage. Fully inspecting and cleaning and even spraying pest repellent on the new furniture can work wonders in keeping those creepy crawlies out.
Remove Clutter and Debris- Inside and Out
There is nothing better for unwelcome insects and pests than a pile of clothing, a stack of boxes, and a woodpile. Picking these items up and keeping your home tidy will deter pests from making these things their newest home.
Proper cleaning regularly goes a long way in preventing a pest party from starting in your home. If you should find yourself in a situation where some unwelcome guests are residing in your home, inform your property immediately so that you may work together to solve the problem before it gets out of hand. Visit us at www.rentwisepm.com for more information on our pest control program and how we strive to make every experience LESS HASSLE, MORE HAPPY!