Apartment living is a popular option for many Utah residents as a convenient way to live without many of the extra responsibilities that come along with owning or renting a house.
One area that can not be avoided by choosing to live in an apartment over a standard single-family house is the potential for pests to make themselves at home in your humble abode.
Apartment complexes, in fact, are often among the toughest places to prevent and remove pests. With the close proximity of apartment units, it can often be difficult to pinpoint the exact source of a pest infestation.
Apartments units share not only their floors and walls, but they also have connected utilities, which provides an easy pathway of travel for pests to roam from room to room. Pests are also sneaky enough on their own and can navigate their way through air vents, windows, and under doors undetected. Bed bugs, termites, roaches, and rodents are just a few of the potential pests you can have come set up shop in your apartment.
While it may seem that avoiding these pests is inevitable, here at Pickett Pest Control, we have developed a comprehensive list of tips to help you avoid having encounters with these pesky pests. If it’s too late for you and you need pest control services for your apartment in Utah, reach out to our team of pest removal experts at Pickett Pest Control.
Give A Second Thought To That Second-hand Furniture
While stocking up on second-hand furniture for your apartment may sound alluring for saving some of your paycheck, this can end up costing you if the furniture also has served as a campground for pests. We’re not saying only buy new furniture, but be wary of where your furniture comes from and give it a good inspection upon arrival at your home.
Carefully Inspect Your Packages
Besides hitching rides on furniture, pests are known to find their way into cardboard shipping boxes and packages sent in the mail. Many of your packages come from across the country in the back of a truck where they can potentially pick up a variety of pests along the way. With that being said, always give your packages a thorough look-over before bringing them indoors to prevent any potential infestations from occurring.
Clean Your Luggage After Traveling
This is an area overlooked by many homeowners and apartment dwellers alike. Hotels are notorious for bed bugs, especially when traveling overseas and staying in hostels, but even in your five-star resort in Mexico. They also make their way onto public transportation and in unexpected places such as movie theatres, malls, and many more, making it very plausible to inadvertently have some accompany you home. So when you return home from vacation, be sure to give your suitcases a thorough cleaning along with all of your clothes you brought along — whether you ended up wearing them or not.
General Pest Proofing
Outside of these specific scenarios, the following are some helpful activities to perform on a regular basis to further prevent the possibility of apartment pests:
- Dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Wipe down countertops and sweep floors to remove crumbs and spills.
- Vacuum weekly.
- Keep pet bowls clean and wipe up any spilled food or water around them promptly.
- Store pantry food and pet food in sealed plastic containers.
- Routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture and repair any leaky pipes.