By Hope Bowman
Imagine this: You’ve recently completed a beautiful new addition to your apartment complex and units are ready for leasing—or so you think. But it turns out pest control and sanitation were overlooked during the construction process. The result? You’ve literally built rodents into the structure. Now, you have a rat infestation on your hands.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a far-fetched scenario. If you don’t incorporate pest control into the construction process, you can be stuck with pest issues before residents even move in.
And pests aren’t just a nuisance. Many, including rodents, can carry pathogens that can cause dangerous diseases. Some, like termites, can even threaten the integrity of a building’s structure. So, whether you’re renovating an existing building or starting from the ground up, it’s important to keep a pest management professional involved before, during, and after the process.
Here are some steps to take to help prevent pests from wreaking havoc with your plans and making themselves at home once construction is complete.
Prior to the start of any major project, it’s important to have a strong plan in place. Set up a meeting with your pest management professional and contractor to get everyone on the same page with how best to incorporate pest management into the process. These individuals play a key role, so it will be critical for them to work together as a team.
Some specific things you can do before you build:
As construction starts and the real work begins, your property can become more susceptible to pests, which is why it’s important to stay vigilant and take the following measures.
Once the core of the structure is complete, take these additional measures to help prevent pest issues down the road:
Whenever it’s time to make major changes to a building, whether it be constructing an entirely new one or adding on to a current structure, don’t overlook pest management. Getting a specialist involved at the ground level will help protect your investment and position the new building for success. Your tenants might even be impressed by the absence of pests at your properties, which can only help your business continue to grow.
Hope Bowman is a technical specialist and Board Certified entomologist with Western Pest Services, a Parsippany-Troy Hills, N.J.-based pest management company serving businesses and homeowners in major Northeastern markets.
Originally featured at Multifamily Executive.