When it comes to annoying house pests, preemptive strikes have never been more justified in the history of warfare. The struggle against these pesky creatures is often long and exhausting, adding annoyance to their mere presence in your rental property. Often moving unseen at night and sleeping during the day, insects can sometimes go unnoticed for a very long time. Aside from posing different problems to health and the very structure of your property, these creatures can often deter your (potential) tenants. With this in mind, here are some things you can do to keep pests out, without causing any damage to the environment.

Inspect for Pests Regularly

By knowing their habits, you can easily check your home for pests at any time. In winter, rodents tend to be more of a problem, for example. Unless you want your basement to be the setting for hosting a rat convention in November, make sure that there are no cracks in the masonry, as well as that your windows and doors are sealed tight. Mice will often climb the façade to reach upper floors or the space under the roof. Make sure you seal any possibly entryway. What seems as a tiny crack to you can often represent a regular door for a rodent.

Secure Garbage Cans

Unseemly and disgusting as it is, garbage is a perfect feeding and hanging-out place for all kinds of rodents. The best way to deal with this problem is to deny them the access to this free food market, so that they don’t even know it is there. By sealing both indoor and outdoor containers and placing them further away from your property, you can stop rodents from sampling food leftovers.

Taking the Fight to Them

Both insects and rodents can be carriers for numerous allergies and diseases, so from the moment you notice them, you need to start finding ways to exterminate them. You should know that some of these creatures are quite smart, though. Rats, for example, are very suspicious of changes and will avoid a freshly set trap, even if there is food inside, only deciding to go for it after a few days. If you decide on purchasing commercial products and want to avoid potentially harmful products, opt for organic, eco-friendly pest control supplies instead.

Chimney High-Rise

No matter how impossible it looks, bats, raccoons, and squirrels will try everything to get into your rental. For some reason, they seem to be attracted to fireplace chimneys. You can easily prevent this deal by placing barrier caps onto your chimneys. In addition, to prevent them from climbing your roof and eventually making through to the attic, you need to prune the branches of trees that are close to your rental property. Professional pruning service will do it for you in no time, saving you from climbing.

Windex a Day, Keeps Pests Away

In the kitchen, where people tend to be most sensitive about pest presence, the only way to be absolutely sure that they won’t settle in is to make it sparkling clean. Every day. By maintaining clean surfaces and vacuuming regularly, you are removing microscopic food remains that pests might use. Naturally, you won’t be in charge of these activities once your tenants arrive, so you can only hope that they will clean the kitchen (and the entire home, for that matter) regularly, keeping the crawling nuisances at bay. You can always help them out by spraying the perimeters of your place with an insect repellant before they move in.

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  • Amy

    Another green way to keep pests away is to use diatomaceous earth. It’s a mechanical insecticide, so it kills them by dehydration rather than poison. It’s worth looking into – I just thought I’d mention it.

    • Good tip! Thanks for sharing.