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Closing the Seams: How to Prevent Pests During Building Upgrades

By Jennifer Brumfield, Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services

As an apartment manager, you take every line item into account — especially during construction or renovations to your building. Your tenants demand attention to detail, and it’s essential to make sure everything looks flawless before the new space is finally unveiled. But unfortunately, there’s one kind of risk that’s extremely easy to overlook.

Every apartment manager dreads this scenario, but pest infestation is a real threat to your property during building upgrades. And while pests may be the last thing on your mind, your building — teeming with food, water, and shelter — is one of the first things on theirs. Forgetting about pests could mean trapping insects and other nuisances inside the structure of your building. What’s more, the disruption of normal sanitation procedures during these times makes it even easier for pests to crawl in and make themselves right at home.

So, how do you keep it from happening? It’s crucial to have a pest management strategy in place before renovations begin, so you can keep pests out before, during and after the process.

Here are a few useful tips to defend your property.

Before Renovation

Set up a meeting with your pest management professional before the upgrades begin. Making sure you’re both on the same page will give you the best collective chance to fortify your building against invaders. Also, consider the following:

During Renovation

Throughout the upgrade process, it’s likely that several parts of your building will experience high traffic. With so many people, tools, and materials moving about the property, pests have ample opportunity to make unnoticed entrances. Here’s what you can do stop them:

After Renovation

Once the finishing touches have been applied, you’ll want to ensure your building stays pest-free. Keep these tips in mind to aid in ongoing prevention:

When you upgrade your apartment complex, it’s important to remember and execute effective pest management tactics. Contacting a professional early to create a plan could be the difference between “all is fine” and big trouble for your bottom line.