7 Tips for Landlords to Manage Termite Pest Control


April 25, 2019

Receiving notification of a termite problem is something that no landlord wants to go through. Not only are they fully responsible for taking care of the termite pest control and repairing the damage, but bug fumigation requires the property to be vacated, which means that a property owner will also end up footing the bill for a tenant’s temporary relocation. Ouch.

The thing is, no property nor owner is immune to bugs. These versatile and ancient pests can manifest just about anywhere where there is wood, and when they strike it can really be a tough blow for landlords. On the bright side, there are lots of termite pest control tips that landlords can follow to protect themselves and their properties from the harms of infestations.

 

Seven smart ways to help tenants prevent infestation

1. Don’t keep mulch anywhere near the exterior of a property

Think of mulch like a termite magnet. It has everything that they crave. It is made out of the very cellulose that they feed off of and retains the moisture that colonies thrive in. So spreading mulch around the property is essentially like creating an irresistible path that will lead the bugs right to the apartment or house.

2. Do not store wood anywhere near the property

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By no means should a woodpile or any other wooden structure be left leaning on or near the walls of the property itself, but also be sure to keep wood clear of decking, steps, outdoor cellars, or crawl spaces or even soil that is in contact with the property. It is best to use a woodshed or a proper storage structure to safely keep any wooden materials that need to be on hand. Avoid holding on to wooden items that no longer need to be around longer than necessary.

3. Use screens

An easy way to prevent bugs and other pests from invading a rental property is through the use of screens. Not only should all windows be properly fitted with screens but any outside vents should be covered as well to ensure termite pest control. It is important for landlords to make sure all screens are in good condition and free of holes when they visit the property and ask the tenants to notify them right away if they notice any damage.

4. Repair leaks promptly

Water and moisture serve as excellent breeding grounds for these bugs, so it is important for landlords to fully inform their tenants of the importance of notifying them right away should they notice any leaks, and to encourage them to avoid leaving water sitting out for any reason.

5. Keep grounds around property clean and free of debris

Maintaining the grounds around the property is one of the best ways to prevent bedbugs. It is important for landlords to ensure that no junk or garbage is left outside the property and that gardens and flower beds are properly cleared of waste.

6. Properly seal any cracks or holes

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Keeping walls well sealed will help keep bugs out so it is important for landlords to make sure that all cracks or holes in the walls, inside or out, that could serve as an easy point of entry are promptly repaired and sealed off.

7. Spring inspections

During the spring months, these bugs will typically come out of hiding, so this is a good time to schedule an apartment inspection with the tenant to make sure that there is no issue. These bugs can show up anywhere but will tend to coagulate most heavily around window and door frames. The winged varieties will be relatively easy to spot, but they all should be visible upon closer inspection. Check around light sources where flying swarms will tend to gather and tell tenants how to look for them. Pay special attention to wooden structures like outdoor walls or wood beams.

 

Common signs of infestation include:

  • The appearance of mud tubes outside the property. These bugs will create mud tubes moving up from the ground into a wooden structure that can often be spotted from outside the property. This sign can be easy to notice even if a landlord doesn’t have access to the property.
  • Damaged paint or cracked walls. As these bugs eat their way from inside a wood beam, they will get closer and closer to the surface where signs of their presence will become easier to spot.
  • Hollow wood. The best way to check to make sure that wood doesn’t sound hollow is to “knock on wood,” so to speak. It is a good idea for properties owners to check the wall studs or any other wooden surfaces whenever they get a chance to enter the apartment to make sure that the wood still sounds and feels firm.
  • Leaks or moisture. Leaks and moisture are termite magnets, and it is important for landlords to keep an eye out for these types of things when they inspect the apartment to avoid attracting any unwanted visitors.

 

What if there is an infestation?

Sometimes, even the most prudent landlords can’t avoid infestation. If a landlord or property owner is notified of an infestation, the best thing that they can do for both the tenants and themselves is to act quickly. Should a landlord have to deal with this issue, they should not try to take the problem into their own hands but seek professional help immediately. The faster the issue is dealt with, the less chance of these bugs having a chance to cause any major damage.

landlord resources blueground termite pest control bug on rug patch

When renting your apartment out to Blueground, our experienced operations team takes care of all the steps involved with subletting your investment property to highly-qualified tenants to mitigate the risk of infestation during a lease. Additionally, tenants can request weekly professional cleaning which can identify and prevent any potential hygienic risks. Our maintenance team also does thorough inspections between turnovers to ensure your property is in top condition.


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