Many people mistakenly think that pest control services are only for people who live in houses or those who have businesses. While this is true, those who live in apartments or condos will also need to be looking out for these common unwanted pests as well, especially bed bugs.

These are our recommendations for renters who are interested in keeping their home pest-free and reducing the number of pest bills that they pay to management in the long run, which can amount to hundreds of dollars.

Always Clean Up After You Eat

As pest control experts, we know that it doesn’t take much for pests to find their way into your home, and they are always looking for food. This means you need to be wiping down countertops after each snack and meal, and cleaning off your stove burners at least once a day if you cook daily. Be sure to also clean any cupboards or shelving where you have food stored. Also, be sure to keep your cutting boards clean and out of reach of pests. You wouldn’t want a mouse to eat the little crumbs off of your cutting board.

Keep Your Pets Clean

If you own pets, like a cat or dog, you are more likely to go through pest infestations than people who don’t. Pets love to sniff everything, and they are always running through trees, bushes and thick grass, which is home to various pests. When your cat or dog runs by these, pests can hang onto their fur. And when they come back to your apartment, they can deposit these pests into your home. It’s wise to use a damp cloth to wipe your pets after each walk in order to prevent infestations.

Store Paper Bags Away From Your Food

Many insects like to travel in paper bags from the grocery store or where paper bags are being used. Paper bags make sneaky hiding places for uninvited pests. Regardless, it’s a good idea to dispose of them or store them away from any areas where food will be kept.

Check Your Houseplants

Houseplants are awesome ways to bring some greenery into your apartment, especially if your apartment is a bit drab. However, when you bring a new plant home, it’s best to be cautious. This is because houseplants make good homes and nesting places for pests like fungus gnats, aphids and mites. If you can’t afford to buy a whole bunch of sticky tape, call your local pest control to help eradicate the eggs and help you with tips on preventing their return.