When pests invade a rental property, they can result in a lot of potential problems. Nobody wants a home occupied by creepy crawlies, as well as the health and sanitation issues they can create. While pest control is usually the concern of the renters, keeping your single-family rental homes free of common pests should be a significant portion of your regular maintenance program and one that you should help your renters with conducting.
At the same time, spraying dangerous chemicals in and around a home is not the best option all of the time. Residents with pets and children may worry about pesticides harming their loved ones, and residents with certain health conditions may be at risk too. If this is the situation, then natural remedies might just be the pest control 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. Nonetheless, there are also other natural and safe methods you and your residents can do to keep your Morrisville rental homes pest-free.
One natural way to control the insects’ points of entry in the house is to use coffee grounds. Many household pests are repulsed by the smell, and so sprinkling your used coffee grounds in spots where you believe the bugs are coming in could be just as useful as a spray.
In the yard, if you notice aphids devouring your landscaping, try putting a banana peel in the ground next to the afflicted plant. This will enrich the soil and also keep your yard bug-free.
If fruit flies in the kitchen are a nuisance, try using apple cider vinegar to eliminate 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. They’ll be enticed by the vinegar but then will get stuck under the plastic. No more fruit flies!
To get rid of other kinds 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 might be hard to eliminate. Try pouring cornmeal in small piles where you’re seeing 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 use peppermint oil or leaves, which is also useful in keeping mice away.
Effective pest control doesn’t have to be expensive or hazardous to your health. But if your Morrisville rental property does get invaded, you need a property management company that can aid you in finding the best solutions to unwanted pests. At Real Property Management Raleigh, 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 more information, please contact us online or call us at 919-481-0008 today!
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