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Tips For Apartment Managers To Eradicate Insect Pests

Do you own or manage a large apartment complex? Have some of your tenants started to to complain about roaches or other insects in their apartment? Once some pests arrive, it can be difficult to eradicate them. Here are some tips to help ensure that your pest control company is as successful as possible:

Try to identify the pests: If your tenants are complaining about roaches, they could mean the large American cockroach (sometimes referred to as palmetto bugs), smaller German cockroaches, or several other species. Your tenants may even confuse silverfish for a type of roach. Since different species are attracted to and repelled by different things, proper identification is key to getting rid of these unwanted guests. Because German cockroaches are often resistant to some pesticides, you'll want to tell your pest control company if these are the insects that are plaguing your tenants or if it is a different species entirely. 

Remove sources of infestation: If your tenants are complaining about large American cockroaches or palmetto bugs, these insects may be living in leaf litter or mulch outside the complex and only accidentally coming inside. By removing the leaves or mulch outside, you may be able to get rid of much of the problem. On the other hand, German cockroaches usually prefer to live indoors. If any of your tenants have pets, the roaches may be partially living off of discarded or open pet food. Providing those tenants with inexpensive plastic bins for their animal's food may make it more likely that they will comply with your request to keep pet food in a closed container. However, you should not place the blame solely on any pet owners, since cockroaches will eat practically anything, including cardboard, if they like the living conditions. 

Use both physical and chemical methods: Besides the insecticide spray that your pest control company uses, talk to them about using things like roach traps, baits, boric acid and diatomaceous earth. With traps, roaches enter in search of other roaches or food and become stuck. These may be of limited use, unless you have a heavy infestation. Roach baits are eaten by the roaches, which are then poisoned and die. Some types of roach bait will poison additional roaches that have consumed the contaminated droppings produced by the first roach. Boric acid is a powder, often put behind outlet and light switch covers or where liquid pesticide would otherwise be inappropriate. Boric acid is non-toxic to humans but will poison roaches who clean themselves after walking through the powder. Diatomaceous earth is not a poison and is completely safe for both humans and pets. It works by attaching itself to insects, creating microscopic cuts in the insect's hard exoskeleton that then cause the insect in question to dry out. Like boric acid, diatomaceous earth is usually placed behind outlet and light switch covers. Because an insect has to crawl through it for it to be effective, it is often best used in conjunction with pesticide sprays or baits.

To learn more, contact a pest control company in your area.

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Basic Repairs for Moms

Hi, my name is Annie Sullivan. I'm a stay-at-home mom with four kids between the ages of 1 and 7. Two of them are twins: they're 3. Let me tell you--you learn a lot as a mom that you would never expect! Not only am I chef, chauffeur, teacher, and caretaker, but I also have become an amateur repair man, plumber, and construction worker. I do more heavy lifting and repair work than I ever imagined. Do you know how many Barbies can fit down a toilet drain? It's quite surprising. Do you know how to get them out? I do. I've learned a lot of this just through trial and error--and the internet. I also had my husband teach me some tricks, since I usually can't wait until he gets home to solve the problem. Hopefully you other moms out there can learn something from this site!