When pests invade a rental property, they can result in a lot of potential problems. No one wants a home overrun with creepy crawlies, not to mention the sanitation and health problems they could bring. Even though pest control is normally the responsibility of the renters, keeping your single-family rental homes free of common pests needs to be a crucial element of your regular maintenance program that you should assist your renters with handling.
But, spraying harmful chemicals in and around a property is not always the best option. Residents may worry about pesticides harming their pets and children, and residents with specific health conditions might be in danger too. Should this be the case, then natural remedies for pest control is for you. Certain professional exterminators state that they use natural products, and those are worth doing additional research and possibly providing a list of preferred providers to your residents. But, there are also other safe and natural means for you and your residents to keep your Texas City rental homes pest-free.
A natural way to manage points of access for insects around the home is to use coffee grounds. Numerous household pests are repulsed by the smell, and so scattering your used coffee grounds in spaces where you believe the bugs are coming through can be just as effective as using spray.
In the yard, if you find aphids consuming your landscaping, try burying a banana peel next to the affected plant. This will enrich the soil and also keep your yard bug-free.
If fruit flies in the kitchen are bothering you, try using apple cider vinegar to get rid of them. Simply pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and poke a few tiny holes in the top. The vinegar will draw them in, but they will be trapped under the plastic. No more fruit flies!
To get rid of other kinds of flies, try keeping a pot of sweet basil next to your door. Rosemary and sage are also herbs that help keep mosquitos away, a small anti-pest herb garden in the making.
Ants are another common pest and can be difficult to get rid of. Try pouring cornmeal in little mounds where you’ve found ants, inside and out. The ants will consume but won’t digest the cornmeal and will eventually die out. Another economical and effective remedy is to mix dish soap with water in a spray bottle and spray the ants and their point of entry. Others include peppermint oil or leaves, which is effective in keeping mice at bay as well.
Effective pest control doesn’t need to be pricey or a health hazard. However, if your Texas City rental property does get infested, you need a property management company that can help get the best solutions to unwelcome pests. At Real Property Management Prestige, we offer personalized and all-inclusive property maintenance that is sure to protect your real estate investment, whether from pests or anything else that might lessen your property’s value. For further information, please contact us online or call us at 281-532-5455 today!
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