PUBLISHED ON June 26th, 2012
Pest control is an important step toward keeping tenants happy, but there is such a thing as going too far. According to a Denver apartment tenant in a recent news story, her property manager hired a pest control service to spray the building every two weeks to help control bed bugs and cockroaches. The problem, however, is that the tenants in the property were forced to pack up all of their belongings into boxes whenever the exterminators sprayed because of the toxicity of the chemicals. Instead of using a service that specializes in the more natural Integrated Pest Management approach, the property manager chose an invasive solution that may worsen the indoor air quality of the apartments. When it comes to pest control, Bellevue renters may also find fault with such a solution.
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, refers to techniques used to prevent and control a pest infestation. Instead of immediately spraying chemicals to prevent and kill cockroaches, for example, IPM specialists start with the least toxic methods for deterring pests, such as sealing up cracks around the exterior of a building, fixing broken screens, providing tenants with lidded trash cans and scheduling regular garbage pickups.
To control an infestation, a Bellevue pest control company may also eliminate sources of food and water, find and alter nesting sites, use baits that are safe to use around humans and so on. To help prevent an infestation (or the return of one), a pest control expert can also regularly inspect the property in a way that’s not invasive and apply treatments only as needed, using the least-toxic treatment available.
Tenants abhor pests as much as property owners, but they also want their personal space to be respected. To meet expectations for pest control, Bellevue property owners should consider scheduling an Integrated Pest Management inspection and letting the renters know about the event. After making the recommended adjustments to the building, give your renters a tip sheet about how they can keep their spaces pest free. Encourage tenants to report all repairs that need completing and any signs of an infestation. Let your renters know when follow-up inspections are scheduled and what they can expect during this time.
Pest control doesn’t have to be invasive or harmful to the well-being of your tenants. Use the help of a pest control company that practices Integrated Pest Management to show your tenants that you are proactive and respectful when it comes to pest prevention and control.