When unwanted pests invade your rental home, they can pose some problems for the residents and the property owner as well. Rodents, in particular, cause a problem most notably during winter time because as they avoid the cold, they usually turn to our houses to find a warm place to live and a steady supply of food. Because our homes typically have what these unwanted pests need, they become a magnet for mice, squirrels, rats, or other pests.
Everyone strives to have their Pflugerville rental homes rodent-free, but it can be a tricky thing to keep pests out. Thankfully, there are a few significant fixes that help obtain a rodent-free home. To start with making sure to eliminate food sources that may attract unwanted rodents. Pet food, birdseed, grass seed, and fallen fruit from trees should be cleaned up or stored in heavy plastic containers with airtight lids.
Sealing all possible entryways around the home’s foundation, eaves, and soffits is another essential task to keep rodents out. Prevent rodents from coming in through gaps or holes by filling those with steel mesh, caulk, or plaster, and checked habitually to keep the seals intact. Soaking cotton balls with peppermint oil and putting them in places that are identified to be where rodents are. Doing so has been reported to work well, and this method leaves a pleasant aroma.
If you are compelled to provide 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 methods aren’t keeping the pests outside, you may need to resort to traps or hire an exterminator to handle the predicament. Of course, using traps, poisons, or other measures pose significant hazards to residents and their pets unless used selectively and accurately.
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 challenging to remember to check the foundations and eaves of each property, as well as monitor the home for its handling of potential pest-attracting food sources.
Having Real Property Management LoneStar do these tasks for you mean one less work to worry about. 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! PContact us online or call our Austin office at 512-520-9060 or our Dallas office at 972-949-2000 and learn about all of our property management services.
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