It’s true that there’s a lot your tenants can do to prevent pests from taking over your property. They should keep a clean home and take the garbage out frequently. However, pest control is a joint effort. That means there are things you can do to help reduce the chances of your property getting overrun with creepy crawlies.
Here are a few pest control tips for Bend property managers that will help you prevent pest problems from developing in the first place.
Properly sealed window and door screens
Do your tenants have screens on their windows and doors? Screens are a quick and easy way to keep bugs from getting inside, but the screens themselves aren’t enough.
If your screens are old and they have holes or gaps, it’s time to replace them. A proper seal is important too. A screen isn’t going to keep flies and beetles out if there’s a huge crack around the window! Inspect your property for cracks and holes around windows and doors and fill them with the appropriate medium to reduce your chances of developing a pest problem.
Clean the gutters
Bend property managers have a lot on their mind. It’s easy to forget about the gutters. That is, until they start harboring mosquitoes and the calls start coming in.
Take the time to clean your gutters once or twice a year. This can prevent standing water, and it can also help you identify potential problems with your gutter system before they damage your foundation.
Go easy on the mulch
It’s true that mulch can greatly enhance the look of your property, but that doesn’t mean you should surround your property with the stuff. Mulch provides a warm, dark, and damp environment that’s perfect for creepy crawlies that are looking for a home.
Mulch the flower beds and around trees, but avoid putting mulch right up next to your foundation. Leave about 12 inches between the mulch and your building to discourage bugs from looking for a way in.
Take care of the trash
It’s amazing how quickly the garbage on your property can get out of hand. In just a few hours, broken garbage bags can litter the area outside compactors and dumpsters that are full. All that garbage is a magnet for insects.
Garbage cleanup should be part of your weekly routine. If your tenants are producing a lot of garbage, consider having another dumpster placed on the property.
Hire professional pest services
Even with these tips, pests can still find their way into your property. To stay on top of the problem, you should hire professional pest services.
A professional can come out to your property once a week or once a month and provide you with maintenance services both around and in your property. This is an especially good idea if your property is located near water or a wooded area. Your tenants will appreciate the fact that you’re on top of any potential pest problems before they develop.
Want to be proactive about taking care of pests, but fear you just don’t have the time? We can help! At Mountain View Property Management, we offer full-service property management support, which means we can help you develop and maintain a pest schedule.
Just give us a call or fill out our online form to learn more today!