Green Pest Control in Property Management

Green Pest Control in Property Management

Posted on 04. Aug, 2010 by in Greener Properties

One of the most toxic aspects of home and property maintenance involves pest control. This isn’t just about roaches, silverfish and ants either. In many areas of the country property managers and homeowners have to deal with rodents like rats and mice.

We can’t ignore the problems, and infestations are a sure way to turn off potential residents and infuriate property owners who want their buildings to be pest-free and environmentally safe.

You can market your property as green by using green cleaning products to greatly reduce the risk of contamination and maintain your property at a high standard. If public health is top priority for communities across the country, then so should pest and rodent control. Pests and rodents aren’t simply a nuisance – they can severely affect your health and the health of you residents.

This is why proper pest control is critical in homes, businesses, schools and any other place where human beings live, work or play. Pest control is not just a matter of protecting your most valuable investment; it’s a matter of protecting what’s most valuable to you!

Whether your concern is asthma, West Nile Virus, lyme disease, allergic reactions to bee stings or any other host of heath threats posed by pests and rodents, we need solutions that will provide us with an overview of the dangers we can face from insect infestations.

Yet we also have to be aware of how these pests are dealt with and how the treatments applied can impact the environment and the health of the other “living creatures” that come in contact with the pesticides and other remedies.

Almost every area in North America has pest control companies that specialize in environmentally friendly forms of pest control. A good place to begin is to search on-line by typing your  “pest control” or “pest extermination” into google and see what is available to you.

Ask your homeowners associations and apartment owner associations for referrals. You can also check with the city and county health departments. They often know of companies that go out of their way to avoid poisonous chemicals when controlling pests.

According to the National Pest Management Association– pests and rodents, can have harmful health effects. It is important to fully understand the dangers to the living environment stemming from these types of infestations.

Did you know that some of the most common pests in homes are cockroaches, rodents and mosquitoes? Make sure you have good quality screens on all your windows. This alone constitutes good pest control management.

The point of this article is to remind us that pest control is one aspect of our work as property managers that has to be mastered and consistently dealt with.

It is unsettling to think of us sharing our homes with these pests because of the serious threats they pose. Below is a more detailed overview of the health risks associated with particular pests.

Cockroaches
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports that one-in-five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which increase the severity of asthma symptoms. These allergens are most commonly introduced in homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and the decomposing bodies of these pests. Cockroaches can also carry bacteria such as E coli and salmonella on their bodies, which can contaminate food, cooking equipment and food surfaces.

Rodents
Rodents can enter a building through almost any opening or crack. It is important to inspect for rodent droppings, especially in undisturbed areas such as pantries, under baseboards and along walls. Rodent droppings most often cause allergic reactions in human beings but can also cause disease, including the potentially deadly Hantavirus. More frequently, though, rodents serve as vectors, carrying bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies and contaminating food sources, kitchen surfaces and equipment. A pest control professional can offer the expertise and knowledge of rodent biology to best protect your health and rid your home of a rodent infestation.

Mosquitoes
With the increased prevalence of West Nile Virus in the summer months, mosquitoes continue to be, not only a summer nuisance pest but also, a major health threat. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), West Nile Virus infections have appeared across the United States in recent years, which makes avoiding mosquito nesting/breeding sites and eliminating standing water in or around the home even more important to the protection of public health. In addition, to the potential for West Nile Virus, mosquitoes can also cause itchy, unsightly marks as well as severe allergic reactions in human beings.

So let’s be aware of the options we have available when it comes to treating our properties for various pests. By all means, try to find “green” solutions and talk to professionals who are trying to avoid the use of toxins.

I plan on bringing more light to this topic in a later article, and also discuss specific “green” treatments that are used today in the science of pest control.

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