For property managers, dealing with pests occasionally is part of the job. But a single mouse or a few spider webs here and there are nothing compared to a full-blown infestation. So how do you make sure it never gets to that point in any of the properties you manage? It's all about keeping up with consistent, thorough pest prevention strategies.
Once you understand the business compliance requirements for health and safety when it comes to pest control, you can ensure you're doing the necessary inspections and maintenance required to keep your property protected against pests. While every business is unique, these guidelines are a good place to start.
Pest control requirements for property managers
First things first: if you own or manage a property, it's your responsibility to keep it protected against pests. That means if your tenant contacts you with complaints about pests, you must take it seriously. Not only is it essential for the health and safety of your tenants but it will help ensure your property remains in good condition for the long haul.
To keep an infestation from getting out of control, here are some of the things to check on a weekly, seasonal, and annual basis.
Preventative maintenance is the best defense against pest infestations. Outside of partnering with a pest management company, do your own inspections and repairs too so you know the state of your property and when to call for extra help. Part of your weekly routine can include:
- Arranging for garbage and recycling to be picked up
- Checking and cleaning dumpster and garbage disposal areas
- Looking for obvious signs of rodents, cockroaches, and termites any time you're on the property
- If a tenant has complained about signs of pests, investigate it immediately
Certain pests are more of a seasonal problem. As the weather changes, there may also be repairs that need to be done. Depending on the climate in your area, your seasonal to-do list can include:
- Doing a perimeter inspection at the beginning of each season to check for holes or cracks in the foundation, and filling any gaps you find
- Checking door and window frames to ensure seals and frames aren't warped or broken, and replacing any that are
- Checking window and door screens for holes and tears, and patching or replacing damaged screens
- Adjusting garbage disposal schedules to include more frequent pick up and removal in warmer weather to ensure waste isn't attracting pests
- Notifying tenants of any changes in protocols they need to be aware of
- Checking on or installing screens over vents to keep wildlife out
- Clearing out gutters, drains and downspouts to reduce standing water
Just because you have no pest problems now, doesn't mean you're set for life. Having a professional do a more thorough inspection of your property at least once a year to optimize your pest protection program can help ensure any issues you might have missed are taken care of and future issues are prevented. After inspecting, a pest control technician might recommend:
- Doing a drain flush for flies in the restrooms and kitchens
- Checking or adding discreet traps for smaller insects like ants, flies, and spiders
- Repairing the damage that may have been caused by wear and tear over the last year
- Educating tenants on the signs of pests and encouraging them to let you know if they ever have a problem
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Prevention is Key
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