It’s that time of year again, when the weather starts turning cold, and the outdoor environment grows increasingly less bearable. We spend a lot less time outside, and more time in our warm, cozy homes. Unfortunately, so do pests. And for tenants, pests can transform a hospitable home or apartment into a living nightmare. Several different types of winter pests — namely ants, roaches, mice, rats, and fleas — can cause problems for tenants when the weather starts turning cold and start moving into houses or apartments.
At Platinum Pest Solutions, we believe landlords should consult with pest control professionals on a regular basis, to address the problem of pests moving inside before it really becomes an issue. Depending on the type of pest, we recommend that landlords follow certain best practices to protect their tenants’ peace of mind this winter.
Mice and rats invade millions of homes each year, and most can fit through an opening the size of a dime. Many rental and commercial properties contain an attic, which is a favorite spot for furry pests. To keep mice and rats out of the attic, it helps to check roof tiles and attic vents every season, replacing those that are damaged. This ensures there are no friendly-looking holes for pests to crawl through. Remember to check those vents and roof tiles soon after a strong wind, too.
Ants and roaches often find their way into the kitchens of tenants, causing them much stress. Roaches, as well as ants, need three things for survival: warmth, food, and water. At the end of the day, it’s a warm apartment that coaxes roaches to come inside, but certain water sources also attract these insects.
Landlords should pay special attention to leaky pipes and try to clean up any sources of standing water, whether in the basement, attic, or elsewhere inside the property. This will give these insects one less reason to venture into a residence.
Tiny insects like fleas find a different way into rental homes, apartment buildings and other residential and commercial properties. Most of the time, household pets like dogs and cats carry them inside. While fleas cannot live for long when the temperature is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, fleas will survive the winter if they end up getting inside, so it’s important to treat pets even when the weather starts turning cold.
We treat many different properties for pests, even in the dead of winter. Contact Platinum Pest Control to learn more about our property management winter services.