Pest Control for Property Managers

June 22, 2021

Pest Control Services provides property management companies and their tenants with a safe and healthy environment. However, when large numbers of people live or work in a building or on campus, the opportunity for pest infestation increases and transmission between the buildings or units is expected. An infestation can be costly and can damage your reputation.

What are the most common pests found in office buildings and properties?

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Pest infestations in commercial properties, apartment buildings, strip malls, and other properties are widespread. However, if properly treated and managed, pests can be controlled and often eradicated. Some of the most common problems found in office building and properties are:

Carpenter Ants.

Carpenter ants are destructive and dangerous to your home or commercial structures. They got their name because they build tunnels by drilling through the wood, creating a place for their nests. Frequently, people see these ants outside or even inside their homes or businesses and think they’re just ants.

With the rain, snow, and wet weather in upstate New York, carpenter ants may be found in wet places inside your home. They love to drill through damp wood, and their very skilled mandibles assist them in the process. Detection implies there is a nest somewhere inside the home or business.


Termites have been chewing through wood and structures made from wood for literally millions of years. The damage to a structure can be significant and can cost thousands of dollars. Termites are incredibly tenacious and can remain unseen, even after you think they are gone. Once we inspect the property, determine a course of action, and eradicate the termites, we can collaborate with you on structural repair and ongoing maintenance.


American cockroaches are the scourge of the bug world. They love the outdoors but are happiest in sewers, drains, and any other indoor or outdoor dank, dark area. Cockroaches are very industrious and can travel within offices, apartments, and hotel rooms almost unseen. They enter through small cracks, screens, or even your plumbing! They need the same things humans need: food, shelter, and warmth.

Bees and wasps.

Bees are commonly found on properties, especially with blooming bushes and landscapes. Bee stings are no joke, but bee infestation is a severe risk to tenants. Destructive bees come in the form of carpenter bees and mortar bees or often called the mason bees. (yes, they do indeed drill into the mortar). The damage that can occur to the structure can be costly.

Please note: Despite being a pest control service, we advocate to preserve the pollinators such as honeybees or bumblebees. Contact us for a free inspection. Together we can find a solution to protect both you and your family as well as the bees.

Squirrels and Racoons. 

These unwelcomed visitors may be caught inside accidentally through an open door or poorly maintained roof or basement access. They enter in search of food or shelter. A cornered animal can be aggressive and dangerous. Please contact us 24/7 if you have squirrels or raccoons in your commercial properties.

Mice and rats.

Mice will cause significant structural damage to a home or business. They breed quickly, and these large amounts of mice gnawing on wood, insulation, and electrical wires pose a serious threat. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists the many health threats that can occur through the spread of bacteria and harmful diseases, including Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.


Bedbugs do not appear out of the clear blue. They are often called hitchhikers because they can travel unseen. Bedbugs can come into a building via a gym bag, a briefcase, or luggage. They look for a warm environment where they have access to feed on blood- your blood. So be vigilant, even in commercial space.

Why do landlords mandate pest control in each unit, office, or apartment?

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Many landlords add a pest control clause to their contracts or agreements stipulating that pest control services will be utilized in all apartments, offices, or buildings. This ensures that the pests we mentioned are treated in all units and are not allowed to migrate to an untreated area.

Routine inspection, treatment, and maintenance are highly recommended.

Who is responsible for pest control in commercial and residential rental properties?

Generally, it is the landlord’s responsibility to provide pest control services. However, in many cases, the service falls under the definition of typical property maintenance.

How can I prevent pests from infesting my properties?

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  • Hire a professional cleaning service to empty all trash receptacles, clean thoroughly, and alert you to any signs of pest control.
  • Inspect the outside of your buildings. Are plants, trees, and landscaping touching or climbing up the sides of your structure? Have them removed.
  • Be vigilant about standing water and inspect the basement and attics/roof for signs of leaks.
  • Keep all garbage receptacles away from the building and notify tenants to close the lids whenever possible.
  • Educate your commercial and office tenants regarding good hygiene in their kitchen and common areas. For example, leaking coffee makers, refrigerators, and bathroom fixtures create standing water, dampness, and mold.

Need a pest control service for your property management company?

Accurate Pest Control has worked in conjunction with property managers in the Capital Region to tailor the services needed to keep their properties pest-free. Programs and annual maintenance agreements are available. Our trained technicians will inspect the property to create a customized solution.

Increase your tenant or resident satisfaction and provide a safe, pest-free environment. Contact us or call 518.374.0357 to learn more and schedule a free inspection.

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