Unwanted pests cause so much more than just health and safety risks. They may also lead to disagreements between tenants and landlords about who is responsible for dealing with the problem. In the event that your rental home has begun developing a pest problem ever since you got in, you may be required to take immediate action. For a variety of reasons, a number of renters are reluctant to do so, which usually makes things worse. As a renter, it is significant to take notice when pest control is your responsibility, and what you can do to keep a pest problem from happening in your Liberty Lake rental home to begin with.
Knowing when it is your responsibility as a tenant to pay for pest control is determined by your lease and/or whether your actions resulted in the infestation or not. There are many different types of pests that can invade a rental home. A vast number of these pests, including ants, cockroaches, and fleas, are often attracted to a home because it is not kept clean enough. As an example, if bags of garbage are left sitting or uncovered food is stored in the home, ants, and cockroaches have a tendency to find this situation really 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. Just in case you keep 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 instances previously stated, it is the tenant’s behavior or actions that invited the pests in. That’s why, under the terms of most leases, it would be your responsibility as a renter to pay to have the unwanted pests removed. At the same time, when your rental home has a moisture problem that you did not give a report of, you could be responsible for the pests such conditions attracted as well. In the majority of cases, a professional exterminator will be requested to find out whether your living conditions caused the pest problem. Once their findings confirm such a conclusion, you might need to pay for any and all vital pest removal services.
The best decision that a renter can bring about is to be proactive about their rental home maintenance. There are so many things that renters can implement to retain and keep their rental homes pest-free. Retaining and keeping the home clean, inside and out, could be the simplest yet, excellent 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.
As to pests who desire to be indoors, making sure that food is tightly sealed and properly stored in the refrigerator or pantry and that crumbs are swept up daily is the best way to keep them off. 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. There are, in addition, several effective flea prevention products that you can buy that can help in areas that are highly prone to fleas and ticks. By adopting relevant measures, you can better avoid the cost and fuss of paying for pest extermination on your rental property.
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