Landlords need to make sure a property is free from pests and tenants need to keep their house in a condition that doesn’t encourage pests. If you notice any signs of pests, you should let your property manager know and they can assist with a pest prevention and elimination plan.
Problems with pests tend to change with the seasons. Around spring and early summer, tenants may have problems with insects and fleas, while in winter, it is a more common for rats or mice to come inside a house.
Fleas can be a problem, particularly if you are allowed to keep a pet at your rental property. If you experience a problem with fleas, it is recommended to treat pets with flea control products. These products control adult fleas on your pet; however, eggs, larvae, pupae and fleas do not live on your pets, they live in carpet and bedding where pets sleep. Give your pet's bedding a hot wash regularly.
You may also need to fumigate/flea bomb the property. Always follow the instructions when using any products or your property manager may be able to recommend a pest control professional.
These articles were featured in Renting with Harcourts , Issue 3 2021.