As a property manager, it can be tempting to leave pest control issues to the homeowners, but this can be a dangerous approach. Homeowners may contain any problems with their unit, but, before you know it, there are several other places on the property infested with bugs.
5 Reasons Pest Control is Best Left to Property Managers
- More Effectively Monitor Pest Control
Once a property manager knows there is a bug infestation in a particular space, he or she has the ability to monitor the situation and take the necessary precautions. If left to the homeowner, there is no guarantee that the problem will be resolved. However, with Homeowners Association Management (HOA) and Condo Association Management (COA) services we can conduct inspections, hire pest control services and check up on problem to prevent it from becoming a recurrent issue.
- Management of Pest Control Chemicals on the Property
If a homeowner takes charge of pests, the property manager has less oversight as to what chemicals are used to handle the situation. Some of these pesticides might harm small children or pets, which could cause problems with other residents. However, property managers can manage this risk by hiring a company to regularly spray approved substances in the building and by arranging for periodic checks to determine if the pests have left the premises.
- Some Pest Control is Difficult to Combat Without Professional Help
Some tenants may opt for a quick fix or try to remedy a problem themselves. This can be a problem because they may not understand how to get rid of the infestation, where to look for hiding pests or the long-term effects of a termite problem. Their solutions may even cause more harm than good. With particularly difficult pests like termites or bed bugs, property managers can call a specialized company to target the issue. Acri frequently uses Ehrlich Pest Control to handle larger projects.
- Protection of the Property’s Reputation
If word spreads that a particular property is infested with bugs, it can quickly damage its reputation. A property manager is responsible for ensuring a certain standard for the space he or she manages, so it is a good business decision to control issues that have the potential to affect other residents in the community.
- Effectively Manage Pest Control Costs
Property managers are responsible for reporting costs and liabilities to the Association Board of Directors. With this established relationship, comes an added responsibility. Homeowners don’t want to pay for problems like a crumbling foundation that could have been fixed by calling an exterminator for termites. It is much better for the property manager to remediate the problem earlier, rather having to pay for large repairs later.
Approach Pest Control Proactively
Homeowners aren’t equipped to handle large pest infestations. Property managers are in a position to take control of any problems early on to ensure a good experience for residents and to keep the property’s reputation intact.