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How To Prevent Pests in Your Apartment

Spring is here and that means it’s the peak season for household pests! While we take pest prevention measures regularly at our multifamily apartment community across the US, there are many actions that residents can and should take to prevent and eliminate pests in their apartments. Here are a few of the best strategies you can employ to help us keep RPM Living communities pest-free.

Keep Counters and Floors Clean

Keeping your apartment clean is your first line of defense against pests. That’s because pests are typically looking for sources of food and water that will allow them to thrive. Depriving household pests of these sources by wiping down surfaces, vacuuming floors, and cleaning up spills promptly will mean pests don’t see your apartment as a nice cozy home of their own.

Put Food Away

If you’re keeping food or dirty dishes out on the counter instead of putting them away, you’re increasing the chances that a pest will find their way to a tempting food source, which could also give them the opportunity to settle in and start multiplying. Always putting away food promptly can help prevent pest infestations. While you’re at it, take a look around your kitchen and see if there are any foods you could be storing differently to reduce the likelihood of pest infestations. For example, fruit left on the counter can attract fruit flies and ants.

Eliminate Sources of Moisture

Many pests thrive where humidity and standing water is present. In fact, some pests will specifically seek out standing water or moist organic material as a place to lay their eggs. Cleaning and drying your sink, clearing your drain, taking out the trash, and using the fan in your bathroom can help reduce the moisture in your apartment and give pests fewer places to thrive.

Get Rid of Clutter

Clutter like cardboard boxes and papers can provide extra places for pests to hide, making it easier for pests to stick around once they’ve arrived. Getting rid of clutter not only makes your home a less likely target for pests but also makes it easier to get rid of pests if they do show up in your home.

Notify Staff of Cracks & Leaks

Cracks in windows and exterior-facing doors are the most common ways that pests get inside your apartment. Leaky faucets or sweating pipes can also introduce moisture that makes your apartment a more ideal environment for pests. Always be sure to request maintenance promptly for cracks and leaks in order to reduce the chances of pest problems and keep your apartment in perfect condition.

That’s it for our pest prevention tips! We hope you’ve learned a few tips to help make pest prevention easier! As always, if you’re looking to live in a community that takes pest control seriously, you can always shop RPM communities across the US by checking out our Communities page!