Nothing could be a major turnoff than having unwanted pests in your rental home. They can be the reason for many problems for your residents and you as the property owner. Rodents are a particular dilemma during winter because as the weather turns chilly, they are looking to find a warm place to live and a steady food supply. Our houses typically have both, making them a tempting place for mice, squirrels, rats, or other pests.
It can be pretty tricky to keep these pests away from your Fort Mohave rental homes, but there are a few simple solutions that can go a long way toward keeping your rentals rodent-free. For example, it’s crucial to remove food sources that may tempt unwanted rodents. Pet food, birdseed, grass seed, and fallen fruit from trees should be cleaned up or put in heavy plastic containers with airtight lids.
One more significant task to keep rodents out is to cover all possible entry points around the home’s foundation, eaves, and soffits. Any openings or holes should be filled with steel mesh, caulk, or plaster, and consistently checked to make sure the seals are unbroken. Soaking cotton balls with peppermint oil and leaving them in places where rodents could come in has also been reported to work well and this technique leaves a pleasing odor.
If you are obligated to produce pest control to your residents (many states do not require owners of single-family homes to offer pest control so look to your local statutes) and natural approaches aren’t keeping the pests outside, you may need to resort to traps or hire an exterminator to handle the problem. Of course, using traps, poisons, or other means pose significant risks to residents and their pets unless used selectively and properly.
As a property owner, adding rodent-proofing to your long list of winterizing tasks may feel like one heavy responsibility too many. It can be difficult to juggle your responsibilities let along remember to check the foundations and eaves of each property, at the same time monitor the home for its handling of potential pest-attracting food sources.
You could do it all yourself, or you could call Real Property Management Northern Arizona instead. We offer comprehensive property management programs that include monitoring and maintaining the integrity of your property to keep the rodents out and your residents happy. Keep your rental properties rodent-free all winter by contact our team of professionals today! Contact us online or call us at 928-757-7368 today and learn about all of our property management services.
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