When you purchase rental property, it is up to you to keep it clean, maintained, and safe for all your tenants. This includes keeping it pest-free. If a tenant has complained about pests in their home, it is your responsibility to help get rid of them. Here are some tips for handling this type of situation.
Find the Source of the Pest Problem
The first thing you need to do when there is a complaint about pests inside a rental unit or home is to find out the root cause of it. This helps you know what to do next. For example, if the tenant is having problems with cockroaches, look around for signs that they were drawn in for things like crumbs on the counters or trash being left out. There might also be an issue with spiders and ants, rodents, or various other pest problems. Ask the tenant what the pests were, when they first noticed them, and where in the home they are finding the pests. Also ask nearby tenants, as it might be a problem with multiple apartments or homes.
Seal All Entrances
Before you even begin getting rid of the pests, you should prevent more from gaining entrance into the home by sealing all entrances. Inspect the rental property to look for large gaps around windows and doors, cracks in the foundation, and any holes that need to be repaired. Fill all holes and cracks, and install weatherstripping if necessary. This is going to help keep the pests from coming inside the home, so that once you eliminate pets currently inside, they should not have any more problems.
Set Out Traps
When it is time to exterminate the pests, decide if it can be done while the tenants are still occupying the space, or if they need to leave temporarily. There are traps that can help you get rid of certain types of pests, such as rats and mice, spiders, and cockroaches. Once the traps have caught the pests, dispose of them properly. You may also need to call in a pest control company if the traps aren't cutting it or if it is a larger issue. If termites or bed bugs are the problem, they often need help from a professional.
Prevent Pests in the Future
To prevent more pests in the future, spray the perimeter of all rental properties to keep out insects and rodents. Don't keep trash or cardboard near any rental homes, making sure you move it to dumpsters promptly. Keep an eye on cracks or gaps in rental homes so you can seal all entrances. Make sure tenants know to clean up often inside and outside their home to help reduce pest problems.