One of the most difficult problems that apartment and building management companies face is pest infestation. In the vast majority of buildings built before 1980, one of the units will eventually have parasitic problems. These problems are a real scourge, especially in cities where insects are very present like Montreal or Mexico.
Integrated pest control for flats
Apartment managers should consider implementing an integrated pest management program as soon as the building starts. Integrated pest management is a step-by-step approach that is proving to be very effective. Instead of just spraying insecticide, a thorough review is done first to determine the best course of action. Here are the steps that must be followed:
Inspect the environment. Try to determine where the pests have come in and why they are coming. Is there a crack or crevice they use? Is there a moisture problem? Are the sanitary conditions adequate?
Identifying pests is a very important step. If you are not sure which type of insect you have found, contact your local pest management office and ask for insect identification to be done (staff at these facilities are generally very knowledgeable about pests in their area). region). Rodents are usually easily identified by looking at photos of the pests for comparison purposes and by the region where they are. If this step is skipped or the harmful pest is misidentified, pest management may fail.
Monitor areas that are suspected of being infested. Put platelets or spring traps for rodents and small insects. This will help identify which places should be treated.
All entry points found during the inspection must be considered. Cracks and crevices can be sealed with a Stuf-Fit copper braid or black polyurethane foam. Sealing beads around doors and windows should be replaced. The seals on the windows should be replaced if tiny insects are able to crawl through. Also, caulk around skirting boards and cracks around door and window frames to prevent insects from entering the apartment through the walls.
Many rodents and insects are attracted to areas where sanitation is not adequate. Sanitary areas such as the bathroom should be kept clean and regularly cleaned. Indoor garbage cans should be emptied and washed often as mildew can easily settle. Mold is one of the main reasons for the appearance of parasites that exterminators have to deal with. Counters and floors should be properly cleaned daily, especially if any damage occurs. It is important that shrubs and plants are well maintained to eliminate rodent animals such as mice or squirrels. Any moisture conditions such as leaking pipes or poor drainage should be checked.
Depending on the type of parasites you will have to deal with, there are many methods. For example, for small insects such as ants, the extermination specialists use the majority of the time as a simple insecticide. However, when your home is totally invaded and insecticides are no recourse, the exterminators can use more radical techniques such as thermal tents.
Because of the ease with which pests can move between units and buildings, it is of utmost importance to inspect and treat each unit of the building, but if there is no suspicion of infiltration. A written report must be provided to tenants explaining what the exterminator intends to do, what type of chemicals or traps are used and where traps or insecticides have been placed. Instructions, precautions or suggestions should be left on the report as well.
Inform staff and tenants about procedures
All building staff and tenants need to be aware of the procedures that will be put in place to deal with pests. The team of exterminators is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience. For example, if the building has 40 units, the exterminator will have to go from door to door to reassure the tenants and especially, to indicate the different steps to follow in order to counter the parasitic problem they face.