Summer is on its way and the insects are out in force.
So, who is responsible for pest control?
The simple answer is the owners corporation is generally responsible for any pest inspection, prevention and treatment work on common property.
A lot owner is responsible for any pest inspection and treatment work that is needed within their lot.
Sometimes owners corporations can enjoy cost effective pest control if both common property and inside lots are treated at the same time.
The costs of ignoring pest control can be devastating especially with ‘hidden’ pests such as termites which can cause catastrophic damage which is expensive to repair and possibly not covered by insurance.
If pest control in your community covers common property only, it is wise as well as responsible to get regular pest treatment and inspection inside your lot.
Should you find a pest infestation in your lot that may impact the common property, let your committee know so they can arrange for a pest inspection.
Taking a proactive approach can reduce the risk of pests making your holiday season miserable.
- Keep any areas where food is prepared & eaten free of food particles and waste. This is particularly important for outdoor common property areas such as picnic benches and barbecues
- Remove any decaying timber (to prevent nesting sites for snakes, mice, rats and other pests).
- Keep bins closed and empty them when they are full.
- Keep common areas clean and tidy to prevent rodents and inspects from gathering
- Advise owners of termite risks such as wood chips in garden beds, keeping garden beds away from external walls, removing old timber, cardboard or newspapers and avoiding accumulation of rubbish that may attract termites.
Consider the following ways to avoid insect infestation:
- Repair and keep premises clean. Especially where crumbs and food may collect.
- Repair any leaks beneath the sink and by sink top as ants and roaches will gather here.
- Continue regular pest inspections and always use a licensed, qualified pest technician.
- Make sure you take any recommended necessary preventative action.