As the weather turns cold, unwanted pests suddenly come out of their usual hiding spots and invade a rental home. They usually bring with them all kinds of problems not only for the residents but also for the property owner. Rodents just like humans, do not want to be exposed to the chilly weather. They are a common problem in the winter as they hunt for a warm place to live and a steady supply of food which our houses usually have both, making them an instant magnet for mice, squirrels, rats, or other pests.
Making sure that these pests stay out of your Slaton rental homes can prove to be a challenge, however, there are a few necessary fixes that can probably become a long-time solution to keeping your rentals rodent-free. For example, it’s crucial to remove food sources that could draw unwanted rodents. Pet food, birdseed, grass seed, and fallen fruit from trees should be cleaned up or stored in heavy plastic containers with airtight lids.
You also have to make sure to seal all likely entry points around the home’s foundation, eaves, and soffits to make sure the rodents are kept out. Cover any gaps, and holes should be filled with steel mesh, caulk, or plaster. These should also be frequently checked to keep the seals intact. Soaking cotton balls with peppermint oil and leaving them in places where rodents might enter has also been reported to work well and this method leaves a pleasant smell.
If in case you are obligated to provide pest control to your residents (many states do not require owners of single-family homes to offer pest control so look to your local statutes) and natural methods aren’t helping you keep the pests outside, you may need to resort to traps or hire an exterminator to take care of the problem. But of course, making use of traps, poisons, or other measures pose significant dangers to residents and their pets unless used carefully and appropriately.
Being the property owner, rodent-proofing may seem like another one of the many errands to add to your long list of winterizing tasks may feel like one heavy responsibility too many. It can be problematic to think of checking the foundations and eaves of each property now and then, as well as monitor the home for its treatment of potential pest-attracting food sources.
You could try and attempt to do it all yourself, or you could have Real Property Management Services do the job instead. We offer wide-ranging property management programs that include monitoring and keeping the integrity of your property to keep the rodents out and your residents happy. Keep your rental properties rodent-free all winter by contact our team of professionals today! Contact us online or call us at 806-853-6546 today and learn about all of our property management services.
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