Getting Rid of Rodents
Controlling rodents can be difficult, but preparing your property before rodents strike can make the difference. Getting rid of rodents can be an expensive process so prevention of a rodent infestation is crucial! Here, we’ve put together tips to help you keep those unwanted residents out.
Rodents come to your apartment community to seek food, warmth, shelter, and water. When rodents invade your home, they can cause significant structural damage, pose a health risk and tarnish your reputation. Implement the right strategies to keep rodents at bay.
An Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) is the most cost-effective way to tackle pest problems in your rental property. It involves combining various techniques such as exclusion, maintenance, and sanitation to combat pests. It requires a collective effort of property managers, maintenance staff, renters, and pest management professionals to eradicate pest problems in your home.
To get rid of rodents in your home, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Types of rodents
Properly identify the type of rodents on your property such as house rat, roof rat or Norway rat.
Step 2: Signs of Infestation
Check for rodent activity such as droppings, sounds, gnaw and rub marks, burrows or nests.
Step 3: Prepare rodent defense
A proactive IPM plan is the key to ratting out rodents on your property. To keep rodents from getting access to your home, carry out the following:
- Seal all cracks and gaps, especially around utility lines
- Maintain, repair and replace vent and window screens
- Install and maintain weather stripping and door sweeps
- Trim overgrown branches, clear bushes around the exterior of your building.
- Always inspect your property on regular basis to check on rodent activity.
Step 4: Get residents to help
Cooperation is essential in getting rid of rodents at your rental property. Ask renters to keep their units clean by sharing sanitation tips with them. Work closely with pest management provider to help you put a stronger defense against rodents.