Many potential issues can come up when pests get into a rental property. No one enjoys a home infested with creepy crawlies, not to mention the health and sanitation concerns they can produce. Even if pest control duty typically falls on the renters, keeping your single-family rental properties free of common pests has been an important part of your routine maintenance program and one you need to help your renters with handling.
However, spraying harmful chemicals in and around a property is not always the best route. Residents with pets and children might be concerned about pesticides affecting their loved ones, and residents with specific health issues could be in danger too. Should this be the case, then natural remedies for pest control is for you. Some skilled exterminators profess to make use of natural products, and those are worth doing more research and perhaps listing preferred providers for your residents to refer to. However, there are other ways you and your residents can do to keep your West Allis rental homes pest-free that is natural and safe.
One natural way to regulate insects’ access spots around the home is using coffee grounds. Many household pests have repelled the smell, and so sprinkling your used coffee grounds in spaces where you think they are coming in can be just as effective as a spray.
If you discover aphids consuming your yard’s landscaping, try burying a banana peel next to the plant being affected. The peel will enhance the soil while keeping your yard bug-free.
If fruit flies in the kitchen are being problematic, try making use of apple cider vinegar to get rid of them. Just pour a bit of apple cider vinegar in a little bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and poke a few small holes on top. They are going to be drawn to the vinegar but then will be caught under the plastic. No more fruit flies!
To repel other types of flies, consider planting a pot of sweet basil and having it near your door. Rosemary and sage are two more herbs that are useful in keeping mosquitos away, a little anti-pest herb garden in progress.
Another common pest that can be hard to get rid of is ants. Try pouring cornmeal in little piles where you’ve discovered ants, inside and out. The ants are going to eat the cornmeal but can’t digest it and will eventually die out. Another low-cost effective remedy is to mix dish soap with water in a spray bottle and spray the ants and where they go through. Others also use peppermint oil or leaves, which is effective in keeping mice at bay as well.
Successful pest control doesn’t have to be a health hazard or cost a lot. Nevertheless, you need a property management company that can help get the best solutions to unwelcome pests if your West Allis rental property does get invaded. At Real Property Management Greater Milwaukee, we provide personalized and comprehensive property maintenance that is guaranteed to guard your real estate investment, whether from pests or anything else that could bring down your property value. For further information, please contact us online or call us at 262-309-6961 today!
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