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Keep Pests Out of Your Rental Property

Keep Pests Out of Your Rental Property!

house pestsPests – roaches, ants, termites and so on – can create a huge nuisance at any premises. Rental properties are no different. Keeping pests out of the rental property is a year round job. Pest infestation can seriously affect the structural integrity of your investment. If you are dealing with a home that seems consistently plagued by pests, here are a few simple tips to eradicate these varmints from your property:

Don’t Feed or Water the Pests

Simple enough, pests roam around in search of food and water. Learn what particular pests eat and try to eliminate those sources. If you have tenants, ask them to keep the property dry and clean. Don't give the pests any reason to get inside your premises.

Keep Your Seals Tight

Small holes, cracks, or construction gaps provide a reliable opening to pests to wriggle through. Make sure that your door, windows are properly sealed and weather stripping is effective. Keep a screen over every window, if possible. You can also consider installing a screen door outside of every door.

Don’t Allow Stagnant Water Outside

Many pests such as mosquitoes, flies are the spawn of stagnant water. If your gutters aren't flowing properly, if the downspouts don't drain at least 16 inches away from the home, or if you have standing water outside, fix it as soon as possible. Make sure your tenant understands the importance of keeping the outdoor space clean and dry.

Keep Trash in the Trash Bins

Garbage containers are the favorite place of the pests as they eat from here for free. That's why, it is essential to keep the garbage containers closed and sealed properly. Once a season, empty, rinse them thoroughly, and let them dry fully before putting any garbage into them. As a landlord, it is your responsibility to guide your tenants about how to keep the property ''pest-free''.

Here are a few pests that cause annoyance and irritation:

  • Termites – Termites are known as the king of wood-destroying pest. Although they are found just about all over the country, it is most common in the western and southern United States.
  • Carpenter Ants – Carpenter ants mostly thrive in wood, having moisture content. They are mostly found in residential settings in wall cracks, attics, insulation, hollow doors, under sinks or door casings.
  • Carpenter Bees – These bees chew on wood, creating tunnels, that's why known as carpenter bees. They don't consume wood, rather just create tunnels to nest in. If you find half-inch diameter hole with sawdust beneath, there are chances they have invaded your home.
  • Powderpost Beetles – There are different species of beetles and they most often lay their eggs in cracks and other defects on wood. The larvae burrow itself into the wood and consume it.

Make your tenants fully aware of these nasty pests in order to save your property. To know more about property maintenance, you can call our professionals at Rental Home Financing.

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