Protecting your association from pests can seem like a routine task. However, if you don’t stay on top of this the repercussions might be severe. Last year, a woman was awarded a $5 million settlement from her homeowner’s association. This due to the fact that her association and management company didn’t warn residents of a snake problem within their community.
These types of hazards and issues can be avoided if you address them head on. Professionals suggest that management companies become completely transparent with their homeowners.
According to CAI’s past president Richard Ober, it’s important to contact an appropriate service provider to investigate potential problems within your communities. Associations should seek expert advice when implementing solutions. Some pest control experts can identify architectural or landscaping features that contribute to or allow pest problems to grow. Communities should review their rules, and communicate out any changes to homeowners. If homeowners are feeding animals or birds outside, it could attract more wildlife and pests to your community. A rule prohibiting homeowners from feeding animals or birds might help these specific situations. Richardson also says that associations must have good liability insurance.
Here are a few basic tips to remember when preventing unwanted pests from living in you community;
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house.
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
- Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
- Call a qualified pest professional for additional advice and treatment if necessary.
When attempting to spread the news of unwanted pests to your homeowners, utilize your community portal as a way of transmitting this information. You can update these warnings, and citing’s daily, to inform your members of the current issues.
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