Do It Yourself Pest Control Tips for Apartment Renters

Author: Alecia Pirulis


Apartment residents understand the frustration and turmoil pests can create when they infest the home.  Most properties include pest control for an extra fee (and sometimes free), but there comes a time where taking care of insects and rodents is easier and more manageable if you do it yourself to prevent them. Here are some tips you can complete pest control on your own by taking action now.

  • Repair Loose-Fitting Doors and Windows – When your doors and windows fit loosely, they create entry points for insects and rodents to come into your home.
  • Seal Cracks and Exterior Walls – Bugs, especially cockroaches, can make their way into your apartment through the smallest cracks.
  • Secure and Seal Gaps Around Plumbing – Plumbing gaps also create ways for insects, like scorpions, to enter your apartment.
  • Wash Clothing Immediately Upon Arrival from Vacation – Hotels and motels are notorious for bed bugs, which may transfer onto your clothes back into your home.
  • Sweep Up Leaves and Yard Debris  – Leaves and debris draw in cockroaches, ants and other insects.
  • Steam Your Mattress – Bed bugs and their eggs will perish when you steam clean your mattress.
  • Freshen up Cracks and Walls with Cleaning Agents – Ants tend to stray away from smells, such as detergent.
  • Keep Your Apartment Clean – Don’t leave food out, keep your sink and dishes clean and take out your trash as soon as possible to avoid attracting pests to old food.
  • Communicate with Your Property Manager or Landlord – Sometimes, do it yourself pest control will not be enough. Talk to your property manager or landlord as soon as you see an infestation. Also, make sure you know when they send out professionals to spray the apartments regularly, and mark your calendar on those scheduled days.

If you are having problems with pests, it is important to inform both the building manager and your neighbors. Living in an apartment with several other tenants in your building requires you to be a courteous neighbor, especially in this type of situation. If you participate in do it yourself pest control and no one else knows there is a problem, it’s inevitable the pests will return. It’s up to you to prevent them, or you will end up in an ongoing and frustrating cycle.