If you own or manage apartments or multi-unit buildings, pest control can present some unique challenges. That’s because sometimes a pest control issue in one unit quickly becomes a pest control issue in multiple or even all the units. Also, controlling an infestation in multiple units can be difficult because there are so many variables to consider like tenant schedules and needs.
We appreciate controlling a pest issues in a multi-unit building is vital to the success of your investment. Not only can pests severely damage your property, but they can also give your building or community a reputation as an undesirable and unsanitary place to live. Your tenants could suffer because pests tend to contaminate food and surfaces, spread disease-causing germs and aggravate allergies. So if you own a multi-unit building, don’t let pests jeopardize your investment. Call us!
Some Common Multi-Unit Pests
Rodents: Unfortunately, rodents like mice and rats, really love apartment living. That’s because the dense population means more opportunities for food and water, which enables them to live – and flourish – in your building! Rodents not only contaminate food and surfaces, but also cause property damage with chewing and gnawing. Also, rodents can carry other pests of their own, spreading fleas and even ticks.
Cockroaches: Cockroaches leave chemical trails in their feces, as well as emitting airborne pheromones for swarming and mating. These chemical trails transmit bacteria onto surfaces. Other cockroaches will follow these trails to discover sources of food and water, and also discover where other cockroaches are hiding. Thus, cockroaches can exhibit emergent behavior, in which group or swarm behavior emerges from a simple set of individual interactions.
Bed Bugs: Bed Bugs are considered parasitic insects, and belong to the family cimicidae. Bed bugs are very hardy, elusive, and resourceful. Being a parasitic insect, Bed bugs require a blood host (commonly humans or domestic animals) to sustain and thrive.
Once established, Bed bugs make your home their home! Bed bugs can be found almost anywhere in an active unit. Not limited to mattresses, Bed bugs are often found in box springs, bed frames, luggage, furniture, in outlets and baseboards, on or in clothing, and can be found in any room. Areas that are properly treated can be quickly re-infested due to many reasons, but most commonly by re-introducing items infested that were not properly treated or cleaned.
Treatment of a Bed bug infestation can be a highly collaborative process that requires not only a thorough professional treatment, but proper cleaning or treatment of clothing, bedding, vacuum cleaners, luggage and backpacks, stuffed animals, and any other items that may have come into contact.