Apartment Amenities 2 960x600

Top Apartment Amenities Might Also Attract Pests

Apartment Amenities Third-Party Graphic

As a property manager, you know exactly what it takes to attract today’s renter. They want ample parking, a refreshing pool, an equipment-packed fitness center, secure access and community-wide recycling. The 2015 National Multifamily Housing Council and Kingsley Apartment Resident Preferences Survey confirms what you know – those are the top 5 desired amenities by apartment renters.

With 1.6 million more renters today than five years ago, it’s important to offer the features that will fill your units. But did you know that most of those amenities also can attract pests? Everything except key card access can be places where bugs congregate, multiply and cause your renters (and your reputation) trouble. So how do you make sure that what attracts your renters doesn’t also lure in pests?

Follow these tips to help prevent pest activity at your property’s amenities.

  • Frequently inspect exterior areas such as the parking lot, pool and recycling areas for potential pest attractants like harborage and food debris, and evidence of their presence.
  • Eliminate all standing water and excess moisture, especially near the pool, recycling area and inside the fitness center.
  • Create a sanitation schedule for amenity areas that includes cleaning hard-to-reach places, such as behind and under fitness equipment and vending machines.
  • Ensure your recycling management vendor abides by the set pick-up schedule so clutter does not build up over time. Also encourage your residents to rinse cans and bottles prior to dropping them off for recycling to reduce residue and odors that can attract pests.

Want more? You might also like:

Roof Rat Populations on the Rise Hero

Roof Rat Populations on the Rise: What to Know

The year 2020 brought us many surprises, including an influx of rodent headlines. Throughout the year, rodents made an appearance across the U.S. in alarming ways, demonstrating aggressive behavior due to a lack of food sources during the coronavirus pandemic and transmitting rat Hepatitis E to …

Fight the Fly 960x600

Fight the Fly

This time of year, flies are a frequent sight at commercial establishments. And like many other pests, flies are more than just a nuisance — they are a symptom of a greater problem. Left unchecked, they can damage your reputation and potentially threaten the health of your customers and guests, …

Handwashing 960x600

Handwashing Key to Preventing your Restaurant Patrons From Getting Sick

One in six Americans get sick every year from foodborne illnesses. As a restaurant operator, preventing sickness is essential – it just may not be easy to do. After all, there are many factors seemingly out of your control when it comes to your business operations. However, there are some things …