If you own or manage apartments or multi-unit buildings, pest control can present some unique challenges. That’s because, often, a pest control issue in one unit quickly becomes a pest control issue in multiple – or even all – units. Additionally, controlling an infestation in multiple units can be difficult because there are so many variables to consider, like tenant schedules and needs.
That said, controlling a pest issue in a multi-unit building is vital to the lucrativeness 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, aggravate allergies and even trigger or exacerbate allergy attacks.
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 knowing. Plus, these guys carry other pests of their own, spreading fleas and even ticks.
- Bed Bugs: A bed bug infestation isn’t something you want on your apartment brochure. Once carried in by a tenant, these blood-sucking bugs can easily transfer from room to room and apartment to apartment. You’ll know bed bugs due to stained mattresses and linens, bites on sleeping tenants’ bodies and an odd, rotten-raspberry odor.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches love apartment buildings for the same reasons rodents do: easy access to food and water sources (plus lots of dark places to hide). If you have a cockroach problem, rest assured there will be no waiting list for a lease.
If you own a multi-unit building, don’t let pests jeopardize your investment. Call Bug Emergency today!