In most states, it’s legally required to offer and maintain a pest-free rental. However, it’s also a smart way to save money. It’s estimated that termites alone cost American homes more than $5 million in damages every year. Not to mention the fewer problems your tenants have with pests, the more likely they are to renew their lease the following year. Here are some of the best ways to prevent pests in your properties.
Educate Your Tenants
The best way to find out what’s happening in your properties is from the people who live there. You should be sure to educate your tenants on the everyday things they can do to prevent pests such as regularly taking out the trash, put food away in tightly sealed containers, and notify you if there’s standing water around the property. If your property doesn’t include window and door screens, make sure they understand that keeping these open welcomes in the environment around them.
Perform Preventative Maintenance
Before the weather begins to cool down, check the exterior of the buildings for any entry points and seal them with steel wool, caulk, cement, or caps as needed. Mice can squeeze through holes the size of pencils, so it’s important to look for even the smallest of openings. Uncapped chimneys are great entrance points for squirrels, and holes in the siding or roof can welcome birds and bats.
Regularly Visit and Inspect the Property
As a landlord, you’re responsible for keeping all common areas clean. Be sure to pick up trash around these areas and make sure any garbage bins or dumpsters remain closed as food attracts many different pests. It’s a good idea to routinely check around buildings every few months for holes, as well as making sure there’s no standing water that could attract animals.
Use Pesticides if Needed
Be sure to look up your local Department of Health guidelines to make sure you follow the pest control laws in your area. If you use pesticides that have an EPA registration number, this will help you feel confident that they have been registered and tested. Also, be sure to read the labels before you use any product as each product will only work on a specific kind of pest. It’s also dangerous to use outdoor products indoors.
Want some more helpful hints on how to keep those pesky little pests out of your rental properties? Contact Keyrenter Main Line today!