When pests get into a rental property, they can lead to a lot of potential issues. No one enjoys a home infested with creepy crawlies, not to mention the health and sanitation problems they can produce. Even though pest control duty typically falls on the renters, keeping your single-family rental properties free of common pests must be an important part of your routine maintenance program and one you should help your renters with handling.
Spraying harmful chemicals in and around a home is not always the best choice too. Residents with pets and children might be anxious about pesticides harming their loved ones, and residents with specific health conditions may be at risk as well. If this is the case, then natural remedies for pest control is for you. A number of expert exterminators claim to use natural products, and those are worth knowing more about and maybe giving a list of preferred providers to your residents. However, there are also natural and safe things you and your residents can do to keep your Muskegon rental homes pest-free.
One natural way is to use coffee grounds to manage the insects’ access points around the house. Many household pests dislike the smell, and so sprinkling your used coffee grounds in places where you think the bugs are entering through might be just as successful as a spray.
In the yard, if you find aphids eating your landscaping, try burying a banana peel beside the affected plant. The peel will enrich the soil while making your yard bug-free.
If fruit flies in the kitchen are bothering you, try using apple cider vinegar to get rid of them. Just pour some apple cider vinegar in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and poke a few small holes at the top. They’ll be drawn to the vinegar but will then become trapped under the plastic. No more fruit flies!
To prevent other types of flies, consider having a pot of sweet basil next to your door. Rosemary and sage are two other herbs that help keep mosquitos away, a little anti-pest herb garden in the making.
Ants are another common pest and can be difficult to get rid of. Try pouring cornmeal in small piles where you’re seeing ants, inside and out. The ants are going to eat the cornmeal, but can’t digest it, and will ultimately 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 enter. Others include peppermint oil or leaves, which is also useful in keeping mice at bay.
Effective pest control doesn’t have to be expensive or hazardous to your health. However, if your Muskegon 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 Investment Solutions, we offer tailored and comprehensive property maintenance that is sure to protect your real estate investment, whether from pests or anything else that could cause your property value to decrease. For further information, please contact us online or call us at 616-419-8880 today!
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