I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
As an apartment complex manager, you know the basic pest control drill for tenants: Throw out garbage regularly, don't leave food lying out, be generally clean, and so on. These are good, but there's more that your residents have to do in the name of preventing pest infestations. All of you are a team when it comes to keeping the complex as pest-free as possible.
You can't be everywhere at once, and even with the best maintenance team, problem spots may go unnoticed for a long time. Your tenants can provide those extra eyes for you. Teach them what damage from termites looks like, for example. If they spot that, they can report it to you, and you can spring into action before you end up with a hatching on your hands.
Cleaning up Their Gardens
Even if all your tenants have are container gardens on balconies and patios, it's important for them to keep the plants neat. Messy plants and gardens can hide pests, attract plant-loving pests that wander into apartments, and even begin decomposing and attracting more pests. Make it a rule that tenants have to sweep up debris and trim plants on a regular basis. You might also want to see if it's legal in your area to limit the number of plants on the patio or balcony to ensure it doesn't become so crowded that tenants can't adequately access all of the plants to provide proper care.
As an aside, you might want to direct your maintenance team to convert part of the landscaping to hold pest-repellent plants. For example, marigolds are a classic companion plant known for repelling many types of bugs. You won't be able to get rid of all bugs, but marigolds, mint (in containers -- this is an aggressive, invasive grower), borage, and catnip, as well as many other plants, can help ward off other pests. Okay, that catnip might cause an increase in cats in the complex. But bugs won't want to be near it.
Keeping Scout Baits Out
Some insects like to send advance scouts out to investigate potential food sources. Keeping baits out that will poison these scouts is best. While no one likes the looks of having small baits out when there is no bug problem -- it seems almost like you're expecting and trying to attract the pests. That's not the case, though. You can explain to tenants that the scouts will likely show up anyway (think a few ants here and there as spring gets going), and the baits will prevent them from returning with the whole nest.
You also need to help them, and arranging for regular pest control service, both preventative and acute, is essential. With this service, many interior pest problems can be reduced substantially. Pop over to this web-site for more information.