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4 Ways to Bug-proof Your Rental Property

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More than 95 percent of insects that have been identified are either harmless or beneficial to humans. They live in an environment that is delicately balanced ecologically. The bug’s role in nature is of the utmost importance.

BUT… pests like rodents, gophers, rattlesnakes, weeds, spiders, and pigeons are a concern among homeowners, though they also have a role in the ecological balance. We do not need compromise our own comforts.

  1. Seal doors. To keep insects from crawling underneath doors, install a steel or aluminum threshold under the door. For even better protection, combine the threshold with a nylon door sweep.
  2. Add screens. By installing (and maintaining) screens on all windows and doors, you can give your tenants fresh air ventilation while also protecting against pests.
  3. Store trash properly. Get your tenants involved in this ongoing assistance. Suggest that they keep all food trash in the kitchen instead of throughout the house. This will minimize the areas of attraction for insects. In addition, indoor trash containers should have lids and be emptied once a day. Make sure that your tenants know their responsibilities involving a trash service subscription.
  4. Kill the Pests You Can See. To give yourself and your tenants peace of mind, you may want to call an exterminator to take care of more serious infestations. Your tenants will appreciate your concern and action. If extermination services are their responsibility, make sure that their lease states this clearly.

If done correctly, pest-proofing your home is actually a long-term saving in pest management costs. People who choose not to tackle these activities can hire a professional landscape and/or pest management firm to do it for them. In fact, many companies offer pest-proofing advice as part of their services.

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