A tenant should immediately contact its landlord if he/she spots pests/rodents in apartment. It is always good to inform your landlord that you suspect that there are rodents/pests in your home, even thought it could be a false alarm. There are many types of pests/rodents and not all need the pest control to vanish. For example clothe moths – they are on tenant’s own responsibility to get rid of. If you are unsure what type of pest you have, fill out a notice of defect form and try to describe the pest as detailed as you can (for example on what time of day it can be spotted). If possible, attach a picture of it to your notice of defects or take the pest for example in to a closed bottle. TYS uses professionals to control pests/rodents and takes all suspects seriously.
Notice, that possible damages to tenant’s movables are not on responsibility of the landlord. Instead the pest control is charge-free to tenants if the apartment has been kept tidy and a tenant follows the instructions that TYS and the pest control company give.
All tenants can help with preventing and stopping the spread of pests/rodents. To decrease the risk of having rodents in your home, you should clean your apartment thoroughly on a regular basis, store food that attract insects in closed jars and empty your rubbish bin often enough. However the pest/rodent problem doesn’t necessarily result from an unhygienic apartment. If you have pests/rodents in your apartment it is very important to follow the advice from TYS and the pest exterminators.
Here is a short presentation of the most common pests/rodents:
Mealworm (Darkling beetle): Is a pest that destroys foods. The best way to prevent new mealworms from coming back after a decontamination is to store dry good in glass, plastic or other jars that stay closed tightly and to clean all kitchen cupboards thoroughly (also vacuum them and throw the vacuum bag away afterwards). The exterminator will provide more detailed information about what you should do and it is important to follow his/her advice.
Mice and rats: Mice and rats are catched with mousetraps. After they have been catched, repair work of the damages caused by the rodents can begin (for example to seal up holes that they have made). More information about what should be done is given from the professional that will visit you.
Bed bugs: If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your apartment, you should immediately fill out a notice of defect form. Bed bug is a hazardous and an unfortunately more and more common pest in Finland. During the extermination of them it is very important that you as a tenant cooperates fully with the exterminator.
Cockroaches: Cockroaches loves to be close to food – so if you spot cockroaches in your home you should, after filling out a notice of defects form, clean your apartment thoroughly. For example such a small thing as forgotten bred crumbs on the kitchen table, can attract the cockroaches. Therefore it is hard to try to exterminate them if there is food lying around somewhere in the apartment. The exterminator will provide more detailed information about what you should do and it is important to follow his/her advice.
Silverfish: Is relatively innocent and a quite common pest. But if you have lot of silverfish in your apartment you should fill out a notice of defect form so that the amount of silverfish can be reduced and the reason for their spread be examined.
Pest that attack wood: Old house borer, metal wood boring beetle, powder post beetle, violet tanbark beetle, common furniture beetle, bark borer beetle and carpenter ant. These are all very dangerous for building and it is therefore very important that you as a tenant immediately when you spot one of these, fill out a notice of defect form.