Multi-Unit Residential

How Waltham Pest Services Can You Help You

Multi-unit residential properties are highly susceptible to pest problems and require creative service programs. Waltham Pest Services will work with you to organize an action plan that will help you develop strategies and implement practices to reduce pest pressures at your properties and limit the number of tenant complaints.

Through our inspection, monitoring, education, and preventive and prescription treatment programs, we can rid your complex of the most stubborn pest infestations, whether its roaches, rodents, or bed bugs. Learn how our expertly trained technicians would best suit your company’s needs. Waltham Pest Services offers you:

  • Tailored IPM solutions
  • Flexible scheduling and service frequency
  • Programmed supervision
  • Service quality audits
  • RapidTrax data collection technology
  • Service log book
  • International service capabilities

Our approach consists of identifying the source, implementing control measures to obtain short and long term results with minimal disruption to tenants, notifying and educating you and your tenants of any conducive conditions, and continuously evaluating the effectiveness of our program.

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Challenges Faced

Multi-unit apartment buildings present unique challenges regarding the management and removal of pest infestations. Like humans, pests need food, water, and shelter to survive. In apartment buildings and similarly organized multi-unit structures, these basic necessities are available in abundance.

As a result, pests may attempt to gain entry to take advantage of the essential resources contained within. Once inside an apartment building, the unwelcome creatures are often able to move from unit to unit and cause serious infestation problems. Some of the most common apartment pests include bed bugs, cockroaches, and rodents.

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Effects of Infestation

Pest infestations can have a wide range of effects on the residents of multi-unit buildings. In addition to causing alarm and, in some cases, fear, the presence of pests may create unwanted noise pollution that tenants find disturbing or irritating. Rodents, for example, can often be heard rustling and squeaking behind walls.

More importantly, many common pests in apartments pose health threats to humans. Pests can spread disease-causing germs and bacteria, contaminate food and household surfaces, aggravate allergies, and trigger asthma attacks.

Besides affecting the health and wellbeing of humans, pests frequently cause damage to both the physical structure and the reputation of the infested apartment building. Pest animals are capable of damaging property in various ways, including chewing, gnawing, or releasing secretions that smell and stain.

Furthermore, the pests most commonly associated with the multi-unit building industry tend to carry a negative stigma derived from their perceived preference for living in unsanitary environments. Consequently, infested apartments may also become stigmatized (especially in the age of social media), which could harm the reputation of the building and deter potential tenants from renting.

Common Multi-Unit Building Pests

Bed Bugs -More prevalent in recent years, bed bugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. They are considered a public health pest and will readily feed on humans. They can be found behind:

  • Baseboards
  • Furniture crevices
  • Upholstery
  • Wallpaper

Small and flat, bed bugs are parasitic insects that hide during the day and emerge at night to consume blood meals. The parasites feed exclusively on the blood of sleeping humans and other animals.

Tenants are often unaware of bed bug infestations due to the small size, secretive nature, and painless bite of the insects. Bed bug bites can produce itchy red welts on the skin (but this symptom is not always present). Bed bugs regularly stain bed linens with tiny red spots as a result of overfeeding on a bloodmeal.

The elusive insects enter apartment buildings by hitching rides in boxes, luggage, or on furniture or mattresses. Once inside, bed bugs can spread from apartment to apartment with ease. For this reason, proper management of a bed bug infestation entails the inspection of all the other apartments that border the infested unit.

Subterranean Termites - No pest is more threatening to a structure than termites. While they play an important role in nature, experts estimate they cause $5 billion of property damage each year. They can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for property owners and managers.

Cockroaches - Typically found in warm environments with plenty of food and moisture, cockroaches are frequent invaders of apartment buildings. The most common New England cockroach species is the German cockroach, which infests apartments and multi-unit buildings more often than any other species found in the United States.

Cockroaches carry bacteria and spread disease, contaminate food and utensils, and produce malodorous secretions, while their droppings and cast skins contain allergens that can cause asthma attacks. Infestations in apartment buildings generally prove difficult to contain because cockroaches develop and reproduce swiftly, hide in tiny cracks and crevices, and spread to other units via utility pipes, drains, and other small openings in the floors or walls.

Rodents - Mice and rats are both common apartment rodent pests in the densely populated urban centers of New England. Mice and rats steal and contaminate food, chew and gnaw on property, carry fleas and ticks, and can spread diseases such as hantavirus.

When rodents chew on electrical wires, the risk of a power outage or fire increases significantly, putting tenants in potential danger. Rodents will also bite when threatened, though the wary animals tend to avoid human contact.

How Pest Control Professionals Can Help

In addition to having the necessary equipment for the job, pest control professionals possess specific knowledge that makes the removal process easier. Experienced professionals know where to look for pests and how to go about removing the unwelcome visitors in the most effective ways.

Additionally, professional pest control specialists know the safest strategies to implement to minimize the impact on tenants, pets, and the overall environment. Pest control professionals can also assist with the implementation of an integrated pest management plan, or IPM, which is widely regarded as the most comprehensive way to handle an infestation and help prevent future ones from occurring.

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Multi-unit residential properties are highly susceptible to pest problems and require creative service programs. Waltham Pest Services will work with you to organize an action plan that will help you develop strategies and implement practices to reduce pest pressures at your properties and limit the number of tenant complaints.

Through our inspection, monitoring, education, and preventive and prescription treatment programs, we can rid your complex of the most stubborn pest infestations, whether its roaches, rodents, or bed bugs. Learn how our expertly trained technicians would best suit your company’s needs. Waltham Pest Services offers you:

  • Tailored IPM solutions
  • Flexible scheduling and service frequency
  • Programmed supervision
  • Service quality audits
  • RapidTrax data collection technology
  • Service log book
  • International service capabilities

How Pest Control Professionals Can Help

In addition to having the necessary equipment for the job, pest control professionals possess specific knowledge that makes the removal process easier. Experienced professionals know where to look for pests and how to go about removing the unwelcome visitors in the most effective ways.

Additionally, professional pest control specialists know the safest strategies to implement to minimize the impact on tenants, pets, and the overall environment. Pest control professionals can also assist with the implementation of an integrated pest management plan, or IPM, which is widely regarded as the most comprehensive way to handle an infestation and help prevent future ones from occurring.

Why In-House Pest Control Doesn't Work

Popular in-house pest control methods, such as commercially available pesticides, often fail because they address and eliminate just a fraction of the total infestation. Dealing with an infested multi-unit building requires a more integrated approach that targets nesting sites, food sources, and moisture levels in order to make the environment as inhospitable for pests as possible.

Due to the sheer amount and variety of potential nesting sites and food sources that exist in most apartment buildings, attempting to handle an infestation in-house exceeds the knowledge, and often the patience, of untrained individuals. Furthermore, only certified professionals have the authorization and equipment to implement certain pest removal strategies.

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