Impact of Pests infestation in a Residential Property
One often-ignored fact about pests is that they don’t go away on their own. They multiply really first and always end up in a huge crisis. You don’t always have to wait until an infestation is out of control to seek the services of a pest control expert. Pests such as bark scorpions don’t need to be in large numbers to pose a threat to your health. Reach a Chandler scorpion control expert as soon as you sight a scorpion in your backyard and have your home inspected and treated.
Scorpions and a host of other home pests are extremely hard to detect, so the moment you come across one, it is a sign there are many others hiding under rocks in the backyard. As a homeowner, probably with a partner and kids, it is your responsibility to ensure your home is habitable and free from scorpions, squirrels, mice, and other types of pests.
But, what if you are just a tenant? Is it your responsibility or the landlord’s to eradicate pest infestations?
Responsibility for pest control in residential property
In Arizona, landlords are required to provide pest control before leasing the property and if there is an infestation before the end of the first one month of the rental contract. It is thus very important to report any pest sightings during this period because your claim will be invalid afterwards. It is assumed that any infestation after the first 30 days is the result of the renter’s living habits.
A tenant that doesn’t adhere to the right garbage disposal standards or receives visitors that come with bed bugs into their living room are responsible for dealing with the resultant infestations.
On the contrary, if the infestation is the direct result of something the landlord should have done but failed to, the pest control becomes their responsibility, notwithstanding the amount of lease time that has passed.
Pest infestations affect both landlords and renters
Regardless of who between the landlord and the tenant is responsible for pest control after an infestation, the impact will definitely be felt by both parties. For instance, if the infestation at hand is rodents, there are numerous reasons for both parties to be worried. For one, a mouse or squirrel can chew through wires and create a risk of fire, which would be costly for both the tenant and the landlord.
Mice carry bacteria, parasites, diseases, and viruses, which may be transmitted to you through contaminated food.
Arizona bark scorpions are known for their venomous stings, which cause symptoms such as muscle twitches, general weakness, a racing heart, high blood pressure, and fast breaths. They are dreaded in Arizona and a reported infestation in your property may lead to negative reviews in online sites. You also face a potential lawsuit if one of your tenants is stung due to negligence on your part. The best thing to do is ensure your property is inspected and treated prior to leasing it and encourage tenants to report any factors they reckon may cause an infestation in the property.