There has been an increasing trend for apartments in major Australian cities.

According to the ABS, 5,901 more units were built in the fourth quarter of 2016 in comparison to the previous quarter.  There are no signs of this ‘apartment boom’ slowing down in the near future, so it is essential for tenants to be aware of and take an active part in their own pest control responsibilities.

The difference between apartment pests and household pests:

Despite the structural differences of houses and apartments, there is no significant difference between apartment pests and household pests. Unfortunately, ants, rodents, cockroaches and spiders are found across all types of residential properties as they are predominantly attracted to food sources.

Is pest control the responsibility of the tenant or landlord?

A common question is whether organising pest control treatments is your responsibility or does it lie with the landlord. External areas of your apartment block (courtyard, hallway, entryway etc.) are the sole responsibility of the landlord, whereas the internal area (your unit) is the responsibility of the tenant.

However, the responsibility differs according to the type of pest found in or around your unit and may vary in each state and territory. For example, according to NSW Fair Trading, the tenant is responsible for pest controlif the pest has surfaced several months after moving in. This will apply for ants, bees, wasps, cockroaches, fleas, spiders, mice/rats and snakes.

 If you can prove you didn’t cause the pest invasion, your landlord is obliged to organise the appropriate pest control measures. In the case of termites, birds and possums, the landlord is fully responsible for the removal and treatment.  For more information, visit the NSW Fair Trading Pests and vermin page.

So, what can you do to keep pests out of your apartment?

Pest Control Tips for Apartments:

1. Kitchen cleanliness – we recommend:

  • Not leaving dishes in the sink overnight
  • Wiping down counters, sweeping the floor and cleaning kitchen appliances (e.g. inside the toaster, oven, microwave etc.)
  • Mopping at least once a week, without ignoring the space under the fridge
  • Occasionally cleaning inside cupboards and the pantry

2. Rubbish and clutter – we recommend:

  • Taking out the trash every night
  • Throwing away cardboard boxes and other unnecessary loose papers
  • Remove old and unused items (i.e. clothes, papers) and storing what you’re keeping in airtight containers

3. Moisture zones – we recommend checking for:

  • Leaky faucets and taps
  • Sweaty pipes

4. Ensure all fly screens are fitted. If your apartment doesn’t come with fly screens in the window and door frames, consider getting them installed.

Finally, ensure that your landlord is doing their part to keep your building clean. Ensure that bins are being put out every week, and the bin room is regularly cleaned. In addition, request heavy vegetation is trimmed away from exterior of building (limits access for rodents and ants).

Reliable Pest Control for Apartments

Unfortunately, some pests will persistently frequent your unit despite all your cleaning efforts. The most effective method of eradication is commissioning a trusted pest control company to accurately identify the cause. Flick Anticimex has been servicing Australian families since 1918 and we have a number of local branches who know your area. Trust Flick Anticimex with pest proofing your unit! Call us at 13 14 40 today.