Lush green grass, babbling brooks and water features are wonderful assets for a multifamily community. Residents adore a serene living environment – and that can do wonders for your brand’s local and online reputation.
Now that spring is upon us and summer is right around the corner, now is a good time to think about your strategy for controlling pests…especially mosquitoes. We researched some tips from the CDC as well as several state departments of health to summarize a few key ways to control these pesky beasts.
Standing Water is Your Enemy
Eliminating pools of standing water around your community can help reduce the number of mosquitoes present. Mosquitoes thrive in warm, wet areas so it’s essential to clear any stagnant water spots that you can. Some places around the community you might want to look out for in regards to leaks and puddles include drainage pipes, gutter downspouts, AC units (outside, portable and window) and fire hydrants.
Check Property Lines for Nests
Be sure to check the community perimeter for nests. Residents walking their dogs or children playing nearby could be exposed to lurking mosquitoes. Ditches with standing water, clogged storm drains and construction zones are common culprits.
Examine Window Screens
Aside from pest control, window screens are a community’s best defense against mosquitoes. Check them occasionally for holes and replace when needed.
Communicate with Residents
Your best efforts will fail if your residents are uniformed about mosquito prevention. Friendly reminders about mosquito prevention are essential for keeping bugs at bay. In addition, be sure to communicate the importance of alerting office staff about torn window screens and standing water in the apartments when dealing with pesky mosquitoes.
Hire a Professional
If you want to rid these bugs from your property quickly, a professional pest control service should do the trick. Apartments that are part of a larger brand or property management company may have an existing vendor already in place. But if not, research local services around you by checking reviews, getting quotes and so on. Make sure to reach out to sister properties before establishing a new contract, as you may benefit from group pricing.
A few simple, low-cost efforts can dramatically reduce the number of mosquitoes in and around your property and its assets.
See here for the CDC's recommendation on controlling mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.