Living in an apartment is an attractive option for most Americans. Living in them offers benefits not available to house ownership. Due to the close design of apartments, neighbors tend to share a lot. Smells, noises, even a cup of sugar are all things frequently shared in apartment buildings. But there are some things the neighbors prefer to avoid all together. Though the peculiar odors, the obnoxious loud noises, and other nuisances are tolerable, sharing pests is more than intolerable. One of the most challenging buildings for pest control companies are apartments. Because they are in close proximity, the pest infestation can be difficult to pinpoint, and the apartment infestations can potentially be amplified. Creating easy pathways for pests to traverse, apartments share utility lines as well as walls and floors. Sliding glass doors, open doors and windows, through inadequately weather-stripping doors and apartments, ventilation slats for HVAC system units and other means make infestations easy. Potted plants, both indoors and outdoors on the terrace can give the pests incentive and means to get inside. With this in mind, we at Animal Pest Management would like to further elaborate on pests and apartment living.
Common Apartment Bugs
Flies, ants, roaches, bed bugs, birds, wasps, rodents, and birds are among the most common of pests that frequent apartments. Where some of these infestations are unavoidable, some can be prevented, or at the least, limit the infestation. Below are a few tips to help prevent serious pest infestations.
Likelihood of Bugs in Used Furniture
Where second hand furniture can have the right fit for your apartment’s décor, the seemingly harmless, yet stunning pieces can be harboring a number of bugs. If there is one you simply adore, be sure to inspect every inch of it thoroughly. If any infestation exists, be sure to treat the furniture before bringing it in your home.
Pests in Food & Other Packages
Cardboard boxes house many insects and when they are used to ship your goods, they can hitch-hike into your apartment. During the transit, insects can take refuge the boxes and arrive in your home. If possible, inspect the box before you take it inside, if not be sure to check it out immediately. Keep in mind that roaches are prone to the grocery deliveries too.
Prevent Bringing Cockroaches & Other Pests Back After Traveling
Various places of lodging and public places can have any type of infestations. Any insect can be brought back to your apartment unknowingly. Insects will commonly slip into your luggage and escape into your apartment when you get home. To prevent this, be sure to inspect your stuff as you unpacked and use the vacuum hose to clean out the luggage.
How to Prevent Pests in Your Apartment
Taking the right steps can reduce or even avoid pest infestations from occurring. Below are a few steps to take in an effort to prevent the infestations from happening in your apartment.
– In sealed receptacles, regularly dispose of garbage.
– Clean up the crumbs and residues by wiping down the countertops and sweeping as well as spot mopping the floors in the kitchen.
– Vacuum frequently.
– Keep the area around the pet bowls and the pet bowls themselves clean.
– Store the pet food and pantry foods in sealed, pest-proof containers.
– Inspect sinks, appliances, and other water fixtures and piping for leaks and have them repaired immediately.
– Find out if the apartment complex includes pest control in the terms of the lease, or if you need to invest in routine pest management maintenance.