PEST & EXTERMINATION:
Infestation of pests, insects or other creatures can be a nightmare to both the landlord and the tenant. Fighting pests of all types is a job that requires immediate professional attention. Putting off this problem can only make the matter worse with the infestation spreading to other parts of the dwelling or to other units and causing possible damage to the structure.
If a tenant discovers an infestation in their rental, they must notify the landlord at once for Pest Control. Landlords must provide pest free rentals under the rule of implied warranty of habitability. It is best for the tenant to call the landlord as soon as it appears a pest problem may exist. Always follow up this call with a letter to the landlord, certified preferred, but at least keep a copy for your records. The control of pest is a problem that a landlord must deal with in order to protect other tenants and in most cases he/she will be responsible to remedy this situation by hiring exterminators and cleaning personal. However, if the pest infestation was not a pre-existing problem before the tenant moved in and if it can be proved that the infestation was caused by the tenants own bad housekeeping habits, the landlord may bill the tenant for damages due to clean up costs.
Pests invade homes to find food and warmth in cold months. Tenants may leave food or rubbish out where it can be easily accessed by pests. Landlords should include language in their rental agreements which specify the tenants’ responsibilities in terms of controlling pests. The tenant will have to comply with the pest control requirements which may even require that the tenant move if necessary. When a landlord hires a pest control company, he/she will receive written information before the first pesticide application. The tenant should also receive this information. There are many and varied types of pests and the landlord would want to hire a company that has experience with all types. Some companies will offer a contract for routine maintenance to insure that the problem has been corrected and will not return.
TYPES OF PEST INFESTATIONS:
- Rodents, including mice, rats, cockroaches. These types can spread filth, disease and droppings and once into the rental can be difficult to exterminate.
- Bedbugs, which enter the unit on clothing, furniture, shopping bags. They come from many sources, hotels, theaters, furniture and clothing stores and other peoples’ homes. They prefer to live in beds or mattresses and are mainly active at night. To stay alive they feed on the blood of the hosts.
- Ants, there are many different species of ants, each of them as annoying as the other. Red ants and carpenter ants to name a few. The type of control will depend on the type of ant. Ants can “nest” anywhere, in appliances, linens, heating ducts, light switches and can be located by following the trails that will lead to the nest.