When you live in an apartment, townhome or condo, you may have additional challenges in regard to pest control. The shared walls mean that pests can move between the different units and while you may be working to get rid of an infestation, your neighbors may not have the same focus. It can be frustrating, and it takes a different strategy in order to deal with the issue. The first step in all issues with pests is to contact your landlord and request that the entire building be treated. If you own your place, you can contact the home owner’s association to have the entire building treated. Then request regular exterior treatments.
Tips on Dealing with Cockroaches in Your Apartment
If you have cockroaches in your apartment, the first step is to clean up clutter and trash that may be in your apartment. Cockroaches love clutter and this may mean the extra knickknacks you have around your home, or the boxes that are storing extra items in your hallway. If you do not have ready food and water sources ready for the cockroaches, they are less likely to set up shop in your home. This means keeping your food stored in airtight containers, tackling your dishes as soon as you eat, and wiping down the counters and sweeping up the floors after each meal.
Tips on Dealing with Ants
Ants may be coming in from the outside and are less likely to be coming from a neighbor. Make sure that your doors and windows seal tightly to keep them out. Keeping your kitchen clean and taking out your trash on a regular basis should also help with the ants. Try to determine where they are coming in and seal the area. This may include sealing where the baseboards meet the walls, especially if the ants are coming up through your crawlspace.
Tips to Prevent and Deal with Rodents and Wildlife in Your Home
The rodents or wildlife may be living in between your walls. They may be moving from apartment to apartment in search of food and other material. The first step is to search for any entrance points into your apartment. Look around the pipes and dryer vents to see if you notice any chewing or additional holes. Repairing this damage can help keep them out. If you have a problem with rodents, it is essential that you take to your management company so that the issue can be addressed by a professional.
There are a few things that you can do to help prevent insects from moving from other people’s unit into yours. These steps can reduce the chances of you having a problem, but the best solution is to make sure that the entire building is pest free.