Saving Your Apartment from Freeloading Pests
Living in the city can be exciting and it can also provide a lot of challenges, including pest control. With restaurants, street sanitation issues, debris and much more, insects find themselves living the life of a buffet king. Often times, that buffet can happen in your apartment.
Recently, the New York Times published a piece called, "The Pest Parade, and How to Stop It."
The second paragraph sums up not only New York apartment living, but living in any major metropolis and having a concern for sanitation:
In an ideal world, if all New Yorkers picked up after themselves, we would have far, far fewer cockroaches, rats, ants and moths to contend with inside our apartments. But there will always be supers who don’t take out the trash on schedule and neighbors who hoard pizza boxes, making this metropolis a utopia for pests.
The "counting on others" part to this story is the key. You can't. People are bound to be careless with trash and as a result, roll out the welcome mat for a variety of insects.
With that said, how can you fight the good fight and prevent the little critters from getting into your home, eat your food, climb into your bed, etc?
Start with the basics, according to the article. "All pests want food, water and shelter. Get rid of those three necessities and you will go a long way toward a pest-free existence. This means sanitation is everything. Equally important is stopping critters from entering your home in the first place. If this seems daunting, call in the professionals."
Here is a guide to the pests you may find in your apartment, courtesy of the New York Times: