Tenant rights and responsibilities - dealing with pests in your rental

Some tenants experience problems with rodents, vermin, and pests of all kinds. These pests can live almost anywhere there is a food source as well as warmth, water and shelter. It is common for pest control companies to service apartment buildings, and most types of pests can present serious health hazards, which is why they need to be taken care of as soon as possible. If a tenant is unable to get rid of the pests in their property themselves, the landlord is required to hire a professional to get rid of them. Local health departments can be of great help to tenants who have landlords that are not helpful in these matters, and there are certain non-toxic methods available for pest removal.

It is important to learn how to identify certain pests and the risks they present as well as how to effectively get rid of them. You will need to inspect the unit/property very thoroughly for any trace of pests so you can avoid moving into a place that is already infested. A lot of household pests tend to come out at night, so it might be a good idea for you to ask to see the property after dark in order to get a better idea as to whether or not there is any living there.

Common Household Pests

Silverfish

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Mice

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Fleas

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Cockroaches

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Rats

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Bedbugs

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Carpenter Ants

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