A rental property that is infested by pests will become an extremely expensive problem. Not only will you have to have the infestation removed, but you will also be unable to rent out the property until the issue is resolved. Here are 8 of the best ways to keep your rental properties pest-free.
1. Seal Entry Points
Ensure that entry points are sealed. When there is space around the entry points, it is possible that pests will infiltrate the property through these places. The same thing applies to cracks in the building, as these may allow pests to enter.
2. Remove Standing Water
Standing water ultimately attracts pests. It is important to ensure that you have standing water removed and the underlying problem resolved in order to prevent this standing water from attracting pests to the property.
3. Exterminate Regularly
Hire an exterminator to regularly go through and inspect the property. They will be able to identify issues that may lead to a pest infestation.
4. Add Screens
Screens, such as screen doors or window screens, can help to provide an extra layer of protection to the building. These screens can prevent bugs and other pests from entering the property.
5. Secure Trash Bins
Trash can also attract pests to the property. It is valuable to ensure that the trash bins on the property are able to securely hold trash until it is collected. This can help to prevent a pest infestation.
6. Keep Common Areas Clean
Though keeping the property clean may fall to the tenant, it is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that common areas stay clean in order to prevent these areas from attracting pests.
7. Educate your Tenants
There are many pest-prevention techniques that are only possible for the individuals that live on the property. Ensure that you educate your tenants regarding the importance of pest-prevention and the steps that they can take to prevent pests on the property.
8. Get Rid of Clutter
The more clutter the property has, the more spaces pests have to hide. Removing some of the clutter will help to prevent this issue from arising. Our experts at the Keyrenter in East Bay are knowledgeable regarding an array of property management aspects. To learn more about how to protect your investment and prevent pest infestations, contact us today!