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Unique Pest Problems in Rented Flats

Most of the pest problems we encounter are found in commercial properties and residential homes. That also includes a surprisingly high number of pest problems in flats. But why are pests of all kinds such a pervasive issue in multi-occupancy buildings? And what can you do about the situation?

Are pests really such a menace in flats?

People may be tempted to think that flats don’t get invaded by pests because they are elevated. It is true that when pests enter a property they often do so at ground level. This is why you might imagine pest problems in flats are rare, and even rarer the higher up you go. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The fact is that pests can still get into flats, and elevation isn’t much of an obstacle to being infested.

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Some of the pests that affect flats and apartment blocks include things like bed bugs, rodents, cockroaches and flying insects. You may be wondering how these pests actually got into your flat. In the case of bed bugs, they often come back with you from holidays away, or even from using public transport and other facilities. Rodents of all kinds have the ability to climb, and often get into flats through drains and inside the walls. Cockroaches can also crawl up a surprisingly long way, while flies and moths can get in through an open window.

How do pest problems in flats spread so fast?

Pest problems in flats spread fast because of how close you are to your neighbours. If the people next door are less than mindful of household hygiene, you may eventually develop issues with pests yourself. Their pests can easily migrate to your flat through cracks and holes, and also through pipes. That being said, if you have pests, don’t assume they came from next door.

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So what can you do about pest problems in flats? What you first have to understand, is that this is not simply an issue for the landlord. There are various legal guidelines regarding landlords and pests. Yes, the landlord is responsible for pests at the start of your tenancy, or if their negligence is the cause of an infestation. However, tenants are responsible for pests that are attracted due to their own lifestyle and actions. In this case, then it’s not the landlords problem to fix.

You have a basic responsibility to maintain the place, and thereby avoid acquiring pests. The best thing you can do is keep the flat clean and tidy. If you do get a pest infestation, you will need either try and get rid of the pests yourself. If the pests are still a problem after this, you may need to speak to the landlord and arrange an appointment with a pest specialist.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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