Pest control is one of the less-than-glamorous issues that landlords have to consider with any of their rental properties, regardless of whether or not the houses have tenants. Whether you're new to being a landlord, or you just don't know what is expected of you regarding pest control, this article can help clear up a few of the questions you may have.
Who is Financially Responsible For Pest Control?
Often, this is the biggest issue when it comes to rental properties. If the issue is seasonal maintenance, or the infestation arises from natural circumstances, it is typically the landlord's responsibility to cover the cost. Most of the time, landlords will contract with a trusted pest control company to perform periodic maintenance services to prevent infestation issues.
If an infestation can be traced back to negligence or the actions of the tenant, it is typically the responsibility of the tenant to pay for an exterminator. Of course, if you are ever in doubt, you should check the laws in your state.
How Often are Pest Control Services Needed?
Unless there is an unexpected incident, preventative maintenance should be done with the changing of seasons. Fluctuating weather conditions can lead to a spike in certain types of bugs and pests, so have a professional visit your properties seasonally to get services tailored to the season's most common pest problems.
What Preventative Measures Can Be Taken?
The best defense is a good offense, which means you should be proactive in curbing any potential problems.
Here are a few tips about what you can do to prevent problems before they start:
- Install screens on all of the windows and doors to keep out bugs.
- Ensure that there is a designated area away from the home for garbage and recycling.
- Remove all standing water and ensure there are no drainage issues inside or outside of the property.
- Seal any cracks in the floors and walls, and install quality seals around doors and windows.
- Maintain neat, clean landscaping to prevent animals nesting on or around the house.
It is also important to set expectations of cleanliness and upkeep with your tenants and perform periodic inspections of the property to make sure there are no issues. Do not invade your tenants' privacy; a simple view of the main living space or a brief walk-through is usually sufficient. Scheduling these visits will also allow your tenants to alert you to problems or ask questions they might not otherwise remember to ask.
When In Doubt, Call the Professionals
Ultimately, you are not expected to know all of the minute details of how pest control works. As long as you know the basics and can answer common questions from tenants, you can leave the rest in the hands of professionals.
Advanced Pest & Weed Management has been serving the Albuquerque and the surrounding areas since 1976, and we pride ourselves on being experts at what we do. Call us today to schedule a free quote and let us help make your job a little easier.