Successful pest control is a partnership between the property owner and the tenant.
It is important that tenants understand they are not alone in this process and play a critical role in effective pest management.
Tenants are responsible for proper housekeeping, reporting pest problems, properly preparing their unit for treatment, and making sure their unit is available for scheduled treatment. LMCH is responsible for providing the treatments.
Pests can move very quickly from one place to another, so it is very important to report pests immediately.
If a pest is spotted please contact LMCH immediately by calling (519) 434-2765 press 1, and then 1 again or submit a Maintenance Request Form.
What are pests?
Cockroaches can live in personal belongings such as electronics, books, cardboard boxes, etc. On average, a mature cockroach can grow up to 4 cm in length (1.6"). Cockroaches are social pests and will search for sources of food, water, and will search for where other cockroaches are hiding. They will typically show up in groups.
- Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can be found anywhere in your home. They will hide in places like the bed and nightstand, between books on a shelf, behind baseboards, and behind wall plates and light switches. A mature bed bug is 5mm in length (1/5"). Bed bugs multiply very quickly, so the longer you have them in your home, the larger the infestation. Bed bugs feed on blood and usually bite at night.
The rodents that most commonly invade homes are mice and rats. They are highly adaptable animals that seek food, water and warmth. They aggressively seek shelter in the fall as temperatures begin to drop.
Ants are attracted to areas that have lingering food debris. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink, food residue on countertops, crumbs on the floor, and trash not frequently emptied provide food sources for meal-seeking ants. What starts with a few ants entering your home can turn into a major problem if ants establish colonies in walls, lawns, or under home foundations.
- Other forms of wildlife
Wildlife pests come in all shapes and sizes. They include bats, feral cats, groundhogs, opossums, moles, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, snakes, and squirrels. Having bird feeders and pet food around your home can attract these forms of wildlife. These types of pests are usually looking for food, water and shelter.
LMCH is committed to ensuring our tenants live in healthy communities. Pest management is a priority at London Middlesex Community Housing and every pest instance is taken very seriously. We have a comprehensive pest management program.
Disposal of Large Items
If you choose to throw out pest-infested furniture or mattresses, ask your Property Services Team for plastic to wrap these items before taking them out of your unit. Never leave infested items in the hallways and avoid bringing in furniture that has been thrown out.