Pests in Vancouver Apartments: What to do When You’ve Got a Problem
Having pests in your apartment can present a number of challenges and absolutely shouldn’t be avoided. Pests can cause damage to the apartment itself, including damaging wires, pipes, and structural elements. This can not only be costly to repair, but also potentially dangerous if it leads to electrical or plumbing issues. Pests can also cause health issues, such as allergic reactions, illness, and rashes (especially when biting bugs such as bed bugs are involved).
If you have pests in your apartment, you should explore your tenant lease agreement to see if the responsibility of pest mitigation falls on you or your landlord. From there, you can make the best decision for you and your family.
Some Steps to Consider
If you’ve got a problem with insects or other pests in your apartment, the first thing you should do is alert your landlord. If your pest problem originated outside of your apartment or extends beyond your apartment, your landlord will want to be aware of this to protect the structural integrity of the entire building. For fast-spreading pests, immediate action is necessary. Call bedbug control fast since these pests can quickly invade multiple apartment units, affecting your family and those around you. If the problem warrants professional attention, your landlord can call All Green Pest Control for a professional assessment.
Once you’ve notified your landlord of the pest problem, there are some things you can do to minimize the impact of a pest infestation and keep the problem from getting worse.
DIY Pest Prevention Methods to Consider
- Keep your space clean. Pests are attracted to food waste, oil, grease, and other byproducts of a messy environment. Wiping down counters, tables, and other surfaces with a disinfectant can remove food and grease residues that can also attract pests. It is important to wash dishes immediately after use and keep the sink clean. Storing food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator can prevent pests from accessing it. Properly disposing of garbage, including sealing trash bags and emptying the garbage regularly, is also important.
- Repair any leaks or moisture problems. Many pests are attracted to moisture and damp environments. If you’ve got small, accessible leaks, you should consider repairing this as quickly as possible. For severe leaks or pervasive water damage, contact your landlord to set up a professional water damage mitigation.
- Seal any entry points. Small gaps and cracks around doors and windows are easy access for pests to make their way into your apartment. Ensuring a proper seal around windows and doors not only keeps pests out, but will help you keep your apartment heated and cooled efficiently!
- Contact a Professional. If your lease agreement dictates that you are responsible for pest control within your apartment, contact the professionals at All Green Pest Control. Not only will we provide a comprehensive inspection and assessment, but establish plan of action to get the pests out AND keep them out! If we find that the pest problem extends beyond your apartment, our team will work directly with your landlord to ensure the safety of your entire apartment building.
Whether you’re a landlord or tenant, we are committed to providing peace of mind and relief from pests to apartment residents. If you need apartment pest control in Vancouver or the surrounding areas, call us and schedule an inspection.