4 Ways To Control Pests In An Apartment

Is your apartment infested? Pest control in an apartment can be a great deal more challenging than pest control in a home. You usually cannot control what your neighbors do and unfortunately this also means that you don't have absolute control over your surroundings. What you can do, however, is make sure that your home itself becomes an unfriendly environment for these unsanitary and problematic pests.

1. Seal Any Holes and Gaps

Begin by making sure that pests either can't or don't want to come in. Seal holes and gaps under counters, in cabinets and between walls. As an example, pests could be entering in through a hole behind your cabinets and then getting into your home itself by coming up through the drawers, so you need to make sure that absolutely everything is sealed. Once sealed you can use things like mint-soaked cotton and peppermint oil around the bottom of your cabinets and baseboards to further deter pests in a non-toxic way.

2. Remove Any Clutter and Trash

Until your pest problem is resolved, you need to make sure that your home is as empty as possible. Pests will flock to an environment that is friendly to them. In an apartment complex, sometimes it is enough for your apartment to be the least appealing target. Even non-dirty clutter, such as laundry or empty boxes, will provide areas in which pests can thrive and breed. 

3. Organize Your Neighbors and AOAO

Sometimes there's just nothing you can do. If you've treated your apartment and the pests are still coming, contact your Association of Apartment Owners (AOAO) or your neighbors directly. If the pest issue has become overwhelming, you can get an agreement from all or most of your neighbors to treat for pests at the same time. Often a pest control company will give you a discount in these situations.

4. Don't Forget to Call Your Landlord (If You Have One)

Many renters aren't aware that in most states pest control is actually the landlord's responsibility. This can be confusing because pest control is the renter's responsibility in a freestanding home but the landlord's responsibility in an apartment situation. So if you don't own your apartment outright, you might want to consider calling your landlord and asking your landlord to deal with the issue instead.

There are pest control services available specifically for those in apartments, so don't despair if you can't seem to win your battle! You may need periodic pest control for your apartment to ensure that the pests don't get a foothold again. Contact a pest control company like Greenleaf Organic Pest Management for more information.