Dealing with a rodent infestation in your apartment building can be frustrating and costly. These creatures can be unsanitary, but they can also cause a lot of damage and make a surprising amount of noise. To ensure that your residents are happy and your building remains rodent-free, it is important to remember the following tips.
How are the rodents getting into the building?
While it may seem that your building is impenetrable, mice and rats are clever creatures that are able to navigate through very small spaces. These rodents also have sharp teeth that are able to chew through drywall, old boards, and other building materials. There are several possible entry spots that rodents may use to enter your apartment building such as:
- Gaps in corners of the building where the wall meets the foundation
- Ridge vents in attics
- Weep holes often found in brick buildings
- Air conditioning systems, sprinkler systems, and other water and air lines
- Damaged door and window screens
- Areas with rotted wood or other damaged building materials
As a property manager, it is important to routinely inspect these areas and make the necessary repairs to ensure rodents don’t have easy access to your building.
What can my residents do to prevent rodent infestations?
In addition to performing routine maintenance, it is important to advise your residents about ways that they can help prevent a rodent infestation. Some tips include sweeping up crumbs and food-related spills immediately, not leaving dirty dishes out, making sure all garbage cans both inside and outside are sealed, and keeping dry foods in containers. Residents should also be careful to avoid leaving windows or doors open without screens, as rodents may take this opportunity to sneak into the unit.
For leading rodent control services in Chicago and surrounding areas, contact the experienced team at Platinum Pest Solutions. We provide property managers several solutions for rodents including rodent prevention, control, removal, and clean-up.