I came across a great resource regarding pest control in multi-family properties. While some components of pest control are the responsibility of the resident, a some fall under the responsibility of the properties.
Prevention of pests in apartment complexes, townhouses, condos, should be taken seriously – as delayed pest control can cost more money in the long run.
Here are 6 Essential Components of Good Facilities Management from the EPA.
- Monitoring – regularly keeping an eye on the buildings around your property for potential pest problems. Maintenance technicians are the ones who likely the most familiar with the buildings, and if trained properly can learn what to look for in the buildings.
- Reducing access to and through the buildings – the first defense against unwanted pests is making sure they do not get in the building. Fixing broken windows, screens, doors that have gaps, missing screens over intakes, gaps around piping, etc.
- Reduce the sources of water – fixing leaking pipes and faucets, cleaning out clogged or slow drains, replacing water damaged wood and keeping gutters clean are a few things you can do to reduce sources of water.
- Manage recycling program – rinsing recycling containers regularly, make sure bins have tight fitting lids and arrange for recycling to be picked up as often as possible.
- Manage your garbage – have dumpsters or cans on concrete or asphalt surfaces and keep them as far away from buildings as possible, provide adequate dumpsters or containers so there is not overflow and inspect your trash rooms regularly.
- Solicit the cooperation of your residents – getting residents involved in your pest management and keeping them informed and up to date on what to look for can help your pest issues.