If you are an apartment manager, then you will have a lot of areas of concern when it comes to creating a safe and comfortable environment to those that choose to reside in the complex you manage. One of the things you need to make sure you do is to provide those tenants with an atmosphere that is safe from pest infestations. In an apartment setting, this can be difficult. You don't know what is going on in each apartment and how well they are being cared for. Therefore, you need to take all the steps you can to prevent infestations to the best of your ability by following these tips:
Have quarterly meetings
It's a good idea to hold quarterly meetings with your tenants. During these meetings you can go over anything you have concerns about, starting with trash being left in the courtyard all the way to educating your tenants on how to prevent pest infestations in their homes. Also, have a comment box where they can leave their concerns for you without all the other residents knowing what those issues are. Make sure you remind everyone that they should call you immediately when they have any concerns, including the possibility of a pest problem.
Keep the complex clean
Make sure the people you have hired to keep the complex clean are doing a good job. The area around the dumpster should be kept clean, so the trash is always contained in the dumpster. Also, during the meeting with your tenants, remind them that all trash must make it in the dumpster. Items too large to go in the dumpster should be taken to the dump.
Consider allowing cats to be owned by the residents
Allowing your residents to own a cat can help to cut down on rodent infestations. You should make sure it is in the lease that only cats that have been spayed or neutered can be kept on the premises. This way, you won't have to worry about finding the complex being overrun by cats due to them having kittens. As long as rules are put in place and the amount of cats one can own is restricted, the cats will significantly decrease the number of rodents in the complex and help to combat possible infestations.
If you find that there is a pest infestation in the complex, despite your best efforts for preventing one, then you want to act quickly and have a rodent control company come out to deal with the situation.