Vacant rental properties can bring pest control issues

Hi, there! Joe White here from Grow Property Management, your trusted property management company in Philadelphia.

Vacant rental properties can bring roaches and mice to a property. The lack of light, the lack of vibration and noise can create a pest control problem in a rental property where typically there would not be one. Here's a tip from a Philadelphia property management company owner.

In my experience managing rental properties, I've learned that cockroaches and vacancies often go hand in hand. When a property is occupied, the activity and vibrations throughout the house tend to keep these pests at bay. However, once a property becomes vacant, it becomes quiet, making it an inviting environment for cockroaches to become bolder and more visible.

Even in upscale neighbourhoods, vacant properties are susceptible to cockroach infestations, which can be a significant hurdle for property managers like Grow Property Management. Firstly, it poses a challenge when trying to find new tenants, as the presence of cockroaches can be an immediate turn-off for potential renters. Secondly, it can lead to dissatisfaction among existing tenants if they encounter cockroaches after moving in.

To mitigate this issue, regular inspections and pest control measures are essential. While mice and cockroaches are effectively managed with bait, dealing with bedbugs and fleas is more complex and requires a different approach. With cockroaches and mice, it's crucial to use a sufficient amount of bait to eliminate the entire population, as using too little can result in a resurgence of the problem.

Ideally, pest control measures should be implemented before tenants move out to prevent infestations from occurring in the first place. However, if a property becomes vacant, it's important to address the issue promptly to avoid further complications when new tenants move in.

While investing in pest control may seem like an added expense, it's a necessary investment to maintain the value and reputation of the rental property. Tenants expect a clean and pest-free living environment, and failing to address infestations can lead to dissatisfaction and complaints.

Managing cockroach infestations in vacant rental properties requires diligence and proactive measures. By prioritizing pest control and addressing issues promptly, property managers can ensure a positive experience for both current and prospective tenants.

Happy investing!