If you are renting a property and have discovered a mouse infestation, you may be wondering who is responsible for resolving the problem. Your landlord has the responsibility for ensuring they provide a safe and habitable home in exchange for your rent. That is why, in most cases, it would be a landlord’s responsibility to get rid of mice. However, it is your duty as a tenant to keep the property clean. Therefore, although your landlord must ensure the home they provide is suitable for you to live in, they may require you to resolve the issue if they deem you were the one who caused the infestation due to neglect or unsanitary conditions. The landlord’s obligation may also vary depending on your lease agreement.
How can landlords prevent mice infestation?
The easiest way to deal with mice is to prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place. To keep mice outside, your landlord should ensure there aren’t any cracks or holes leading from the exterior to the inside of the home. This means all areas where utility pipes and vents are should be sealed. Mice and other rodents like to nest in moist areas, so let your landlord know if there are any leaking pipes or clogged drains so they can fix them as soon as possible. Your landlord should also replace loose mortar and weather stripping around windows and in the basement. If there are shrubs and trees in the yard, your landlord should have them trimmed and pruned regularly.
What can tenants do to keep mice out of their homes?
Once your landlord has done all they can to ensure mice do not invade your space, you must also do your part. The first step is to keep a tidy home. Avoid clutter, so mice do not have anywhere to hide and ensure you never leave food scraps lying around. When storing food in your kitchen, use airtight containers. Additionally, it will help if you keep your bins covered and properly store pet food.
Steps to take when you have an infestation
Mice can cause significant property damage if left to roam in your house and mouse droppings and urine can transmit diseases that are harmful to both humans and pets. Mice also reproduce at an alarming rate, which can make it difficult to control an infestation. For that reason, it is best to call a professional to help with the problem.
The first thing you should do when you discover mice in your home is to inform your landlord of the problem. If the infestation resulted due to a lack of building maintenance, the landlord might call an exterminator to come in. In other cases, the landlord may ask you to hire an exterminator and then refund the extermination costs or deduct it from your rent. If the infestation came about due to your lack of care for the property, you might be left carrying the bill.
Do you need help with rodent control in Vancouver?
If you need help with rodent control in Vancouver or surrounding areas, contact us at Pest Detective.
At Pest Detective, you will find wildlife and pest control experts who can help you get rid of mice or any other uninvited guests that have invaded your home. Our exterminators are committed to your satisfaction and will provide thorough inspection and extermination to protect you, your loved ones and property.