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Apartment Pest Control

October 29, 2010 | Apartment Lifestyle, Everyday Living

It’s inevitable that almost every apartment will on occasion be subject some unwelcome visitors. Insects, spiders and rats are not very respectful of personal space or your apartment’s boundaries, and apartments are wonderful sources of shelter and food for various pests. For that reason, apartment pest control will be of great interest to many apartment dwellers. Here are some apartment pest control ideas for you to consider.

Integrated Pest Management for Apartment Pest Control

The Environmental Protection Agency is currently recommending a global pest management strategy for apartment pest control often referred to as IPM, or Integrated Pest Management. Integrated pest management can be an effective way of controlling ants in the summer, as well as roaches, spiders and other unwanted apartment pests, and can do so in a more environment-friendly manner.

What Is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated pest management essentially means using multiple methods of pest control. Chemical pesticides can be a part of this process, but the reality is that chemical pesticides are poison, meaning they can be damaging to you, your family and your environment, so minimizing their use is better for everybody. In any case, even if you successfully use pesticides once, pests will eventually come back.

What Alternatives to Chemical Pesticides Are There?

Pest prevention is another key part of integrated pest management. Your goal with apartment pest control should be to limit opportunities for pests. One way to do this is to reduce means of entry into your apartment for pests. This means keeping doors and windows closed whenever possible. Of course, many pests can get in under doors or through walls, which is why it’s important to talk to your building manager about protecting the exterior of the building from pests by making sure windows, screens and vents are in good repair and by placing seals over gaps in doors and windows where possible. It’s also important to make sure the plumbing system is sealed from entry by vermin.

Another important element of your integrated apartment pest control plan will be to cut off pest food sources. How can you do this? For one, make sure only to eat on plates in designated eating areas, and clean the area thoroughly after eating. Make sure your garbage cans and bags are secure and take the trash out often, as soon as it’s full. Put away or cover pet food once your pets are done eating. And, possibly the most important, keep your kitchen clean. Clean up all grease and oil as soon as you are done cooking, and do not leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight.

Also be aware that clutter can be a great nesting opportunity for many pests. Recycle your old newspapers and magazines and don’t let clutter collect, especially in dark, warm corners that vermin love.

Defeating Pests Together

If you make your apartment inhospitable to pests, they will usually go somewhere else. Do everything you can to make this happen, and enlist fellow building residents and the building manager to help. Working together with an integrated apartment pest control strategy, you can beat the infestation threat.

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