Bingham's Professional Pest Management can assist everyone from Property Managers for a large complex of apartment buildings to the individual residential setting managed by property management companies maintaining the value of your investment property by keeping your properties PEST, TERMITE AND BED BUG FREE with our Systematic Pest Management program.
By Partnering with Bingham’s Professional Pest Management, you can receive:
- Detailed inspection to "seek-out" sources of infestation
- Careful and Systematic Application of insecticide
- Regular Monitoring for "Occasional Intruders"
- Logbook of treatment activity
- Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Programs available
Tips Property Managers and Landlords Need to Know About Integrated Pest Management
Bingham’s Professional Pest Management offers these five components for property managers and housing managers as a guide for responsible pest control in your facilities.
The following list includes many examples of ways to follow the guidelines.
Regular monitoring is especially important in apartment buildings and because maintenance technicians are more familiar with the buildings they manage they are the ones most likely to see pests or evidence of pests and the conditions that enable pest infestations. It is very important that Maintenance technicians be familiar with pests and signs of pest problems. A successful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program usually involves maintenance technicians working as "scouts" for pests by teaching them to look for signs, such as rodent droppings, gnaw marks, and frass (insect exoskeletons and excrement).
- Fix broken windows, screens, vent covers or holes in exterior walls as soon as possible. A mouse can fit through a hole as small as the diameter of a dime.
- Doors and windows that do not completely close must be fixed immediately to prevent pests from getting in. Doors that do not seal at the bottom should be fitted with weatherproof sweeps, or the bottom should be extended, or the threshold built up to insure the gap is less than 1/4 inch.
- Automatic door closers should be considered for frequently used doors that tend to be left open, and for doors that are near rooms or outdoor areas where food or trash is present.
- Do not leave doors to buildings propped open, particularly near kitchen areas or Dumpsters.
- Place screens over air intake and exhaust vents for heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to prevent insects and rodents from entering buildings. Whenever possible, use screens on doors, hatches, skylights and other openings. Cover fan and vent openings with galvanized mesh with openings of 1/4 inch or smaller.
- Carefully review HVAC components, such as piping and duct work, where they meet floors, walls, or ceilings, and close openings pests could enter to prevent these from becoming runways for pests. The most commonly used materials for this are caulk, sheet metal, knitted copper mesh or steel wool, spray foam insulation, and cement. Knitted copper mesh, steel wool and cement are among the best materials to plug openings of 1/4 inch or greater. Rodents can gnaw through softer substances.
- Plug gaps and openings where wires and conduits come through walls, ceilings, floors, the backs of cabinets, etc. to prevent rodents and insects from using electrical wires and conduits as a means to gain access to, and travel throughout, buildings.
- Eliminate pest access in plumbing systems. Seal around sills, sewer lines, and other openings. Use caulk, knitted copper mesh, steel wool, or foam insulation to block access around pipe openings. These materials are often used in combination with hinged metal "collars" designed specifically to cover gaps around plumbing and other service conduits
- Fixing leaking pipes and faucets as soon as possible. A five-gallon bucket under a slow leak may seem an easy solution to a plumbing problem. However, it provides a watering trough for rats, mice, and cockroaches and may be a moisture source for supporting mold growth.
- Keeping roof drains and downspouts open and free-flowing.
- Keeping gutters clean and unclogged. Standing water and debris in gutters provides water for rats, carpenter ants, mosquitoes, and other pests.
- Fixing clogged or slow drains as quickly as possible.
- Replacing water-damaged wood as soon as possible.
- Insulating pipes in areas that might be prone to condensation. Condensation is a significant source of water for pests.
- Emptying mop buckets and store mops head up.
Manage Your Waste and Recycling Program
- While recycling is important in the fight to protect the environment, it can also play to the strengths of pest infestation if not handled properly. The same goes for waste management and the key to properly handling your waste is understanding how.
- Wash recyclable containers. Food and drink left on or in recyclables will help support insects and rodents. Use soapy water to wash bottles, cans, wrappings, and other items that have food residues clinging to them before placing them in recycling bins.
- Use metal bins when practical. Pests can gnaw through many types of plastic containers. Line bins used to store food and beverage containers with garbage bags and clean bins weekly with detergent and hot water.
- Equip storage bins with tight fitting lids to keep rodents and insects out. Arrange for all recyclables to be picked up as frequently as possible. Constant disruption of pest habitats helps keep populations from becoming established and prevents them from relying on a steady source of shelter or breeding area.
Steps to keep garbage pest free include:
- Store Dumpsters and trash cans on concrete or asphalt surfaces as far away from the building as possible, but never within three feet of a building wall or fence.
- Provide adequate numbers of Dumpsters and trash receptacles to avoid overflow of contents. Outdoor trash receptacles should have self-closing lids.
- Inspect trash rooms regularly and clean up spills promptly.
5. Remove Pests Without Pesticides
Bingham’s Professional Pest Management recommends using a vacuum equipped with high efficiency air particulate (HEPA) filter to reduce the amount of cockroach, mouse or other allergens that can become airborne during the cleaning process. For large pest insect infestations, vacuuming is one of the quickest ways to reduce the population immediately. A strong vacuum can be used to pick up live cockroaches as well as egg cases, droppings, rodent droppings, and hair and debris that have been contaminated with rodent urine.
Furthermore, the elimination of pests can often be effectively accomplished without the overuse of chemicals.
Contact Binghams Professional Pest Management for a free evaluation and written protocol. WE ARE THE SOLUTION TO YOUR PROPERTIES PEST MANAGEMENT NEEDS.