There’s no foolproof way to keep pests away, or else nobody would have them, but there are a number of ways to try to divert them from your property. While these methods aren’t always easy or cost neutral, they’re much less costly and time consuming than dealing with the pests once they’re already there.
Often the preventative measure used depends on which type of pest you are most concerned about, which depends on which area your building is located in. In the case of New York, the pests that most often become an issue are cockroaches, mice, and silverfish. It’s hard to avoid them in a city so populous––in such small spaces a neighbor’s negligence could easily affect your space, even if you’re doing your part, which is why landlords and property owners must take care of the preventative measures.
Limit the Access Points
Because all pests are tiny, it’s hard to make sure that all of a pest’s ways in are going to be covered up, but there are a number of ways you can make it harder for pests to enter your space. The most important one is to cover any holes in and outside the property with caulking. This won’t take too long, nor will it be very expensive. On the more costly side, you could buy rocks to create a kind of moat around your property, covering 18-24 inches around the building with pebbles. On the plus side, this will also make your property look better than the average property that is bordered by lacklustre grass.
Make A Guide for Tenants
This doesn’t have to be totally exhaustive, but many people don’t know the first thing about dealing with pests, so giving your tenants a bit of info about what they can do to limit a pest’s attraction is likely to make a big difference. A few things to mention: in the summer, dehumidifiers can be helpful to keep around to repel silverfish, be sure to keep all food in secure containers, and not out in the open, and keep sinks and counters wiped clean so that insects will be kept away. This stuff might seem obvious, but delineating cleanliness’ relationship to pests may make it seem more crucial to a tenant.
The longer you leave mice living in a space before you address them, the more of an issue it’ll become. This goes hand and hand with making sure your tenants know the proper protocol––they may see droppings and not think it’s a big deal, but everyone needs to know that time is of the essence in these scenarios. Once your tenants alert you, be sure to call in an exterminator, or at the very least put down some sticky traps if you can’t get an exterminator in.