Unwanted pests bring with them more than just health and safety risks. They could prompt disagreements between tenants and landlords about who is responsible for dealing with the problem. Assuming your rental home has started to develop a pest problem since the moment you settled here, you ought to take immediate action. For whatever reasons, a lot of renters neglect to do so, which often enough, usually makes the problem more difficult. As a renter, it is important to figure out when pest control is your job, and what you can do to avert a pest problem in your Mount Prospect rental home from the start.
Knowing when it is your responsibility as a tenant to pay for pest control hangs on your lease and/or whether your actions caused directly the infestation or not. There are many different types of pests that can invade a rental home. The majority of these pests, including ants, cockroaches, and fleas, are often attracted to a home because it is not kept clean enough. For instance, if bags of garbage are left sitting or uncovered food is stored in the home, ants and cockroaches tend to find these conditions extremely appealing. Such insects thrive in environments with a plentiful food source and love to eat garbage and crumbs. Skunks, mice, rats, raccoons, and other animals are also strongly attracted by garbage left uncovered outside and can create havoc in a very short amount of time. Also, if you have ownership of a dog or other pet, it may bring fleas into the house. Fleas carry diseases and can quickly infest every corner of a home.
In all of those situations indicated above, it is the tenant’s behavior or actions that invited the pests in. For that reason, under the terms of most leases, it would be your responsibility as a renter to pay to have the unwanted pests removed. In the same way, assuming your rental home has a moisture problem that you did not give advance notice for, you could be responsible for the pests such conditions attracted as well. In many situations, a professional exterminator will be asked to ascertain whether your living conditions caused the pest problem. Assuming their findings affirm such a conclusion, you may be obliged to pay for any and all mandatory pest removal services.
The wisest thing that a renter can do is to be proactive about their rental home maintenance. There is a bunch of stuff that renters can carry out to preserve and keep their rental homes pest-free. Maintaining and keeping the home clean inside and out is possibly the most basic and choicest way to prevent unwanted pests. Keeping garbage and food (both human and pet) in containers with tight lids and disposing of any trash right away is another important strategy for outdoor pests.
When it comes to pests who love being indoors, seeing to it that food is tightly sealed and properly stored in the refrigerator or pantry and that crumbs are swept up daily is an excellent way to keep them away. For renters with pets, keeping your animal clean is the best way to avoid a flea infestation and all the problems that come with it. Not only that, there are many great flea prevention products out on the market that can help in areas highly prone to fleas and ticks. By implementing these necessary steps, you can better avoid the cost and complication of paying for pest extermination on your rental property.
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