How Often Should Pest Control be Done in an Apartment?


No matter where you live, pests can be a major problem. With that said, it can be particularly bad dealing with pests in a smaller space like an apartment. Because of this, it’s best to have your apartment treated regularly to ensure pests aren’t trying to move in. If you own an apartment building, you should consider regular pest control services to keep your tenants safe and happy.

If you would like regular pest control services or find you have an infestation that you need taken care of, reach out to Nationwide Pest Control today. We’d be happy to eliminate any pests and make sure they don’t come back.

How Often Should Pest Control be Done (in an Apartment)?


Regular pest control services are great for keeping pests out of your apartment. While pests can spread anywhere, it is particularly easy for a few pests to become an infestation in an apartment building. Your neighbor getting cockroaches or mice can quickly become you getting cockroaches or mice in a short period of time. Preventative pest control services help to keep not only your apartment safe but your entire complex.

If you are a landlord with residential properties, you should hire a pest control service to keep your tenants safe and comfortable.

We generally recommend ongoing pest control services be performed on a quarterly basis at a minimum. Some opt for bi-monthly services. There will be a few factors that determine how often preventative pest control services need to be performed, like the size of your building, your location, and more. If you would like more information on how often pest control services should be provided, reach out to Nationwide Pest Control. We’d be happy to discuss your property and what can best be done to keep it safe.

How Long Does Nationwide Pest Control Take?

Pest control isn’t just one thing. Because of this, how long treatment takes will depend on a few factors. If you simply need some standard treatment, the process will be quick and easy. If you have a termite infestation, on the other hand, it may take significantly longer.

Once you’ve decided to hire a professional pest control specialist, contact Nationwide Pest Control. We’ll discuss the services you require with you in greater detail. We can then send out an expert exterminator to check out the property and determine what needs to be done and how long it will take.

Below are the most common services, and how long you can expect them to take.

  • Standard Treatment. Standard treatment is quick and easy. You can expect this to take around 30 minutes for a property of around 2,500 square feet.
  • Active Infestation. If you have an active infestation, it will take a little longer to root out the issue and exterminate the pests. Expect this form of treatment to take at least an hour to an hour and a half.
  • Termites. Termites take a while to get rid of, and the process is labor-intensive. You can expect the process of removing termites to take upwards of 8 hours, depending on the spread.

Reach out to Nationwide Pest Control for more information.

Common Pests (and How to Avoid Them)


The best thing you can do for your apartment is to avoid pests, to begin with. Below is more information about the most common types of pests you may run into, and how to avoid them entirely. If you do find yourself needing pest control services, make sure you contact Nationwide Pest Control. We’d be happy to remove the pests from your property.


Where there is one ant, there is likely a lot more. This is because ants live in colonies. They are known to multiply pretty quickly and can spread all over your property. Some of the most common ants in the United States include Argentine, sugar, and fire ants. While sugar and Argentine ants are more annoying than anything else, they still need to be removed. They can get in your food and spread bacteria. Fire ants are particularly nasty, and they have a painful bite.

Here are a few tips to prevent any of these types of ants from building a colony in your home:

  •       Use weather-stripping on your windows and doors.
  •       Repair damage to the walls outside of your home.
  •       Remove branches, brush, and overgrown vegetation from your property.
  •       Rinse food containers and cans out before you throw them away.


Some of the most common rodents in the U.S. are roof rats, mice, and Norway rats. No matter which type of rodent decides to move into your home, you’ll want to get rid of them. Rodents can chew through your wires, destroy your home, and eat your food. On top of this, rodents are well-known for being carriers of disease.

In order to keep rodents out of your home, consider the following tips:

  •       Put unfinished food in containers. Do not leave it on the counter.
  •       Clean your home and vacuum your floors often.
  •       Don’t let trash pile up in your trash can.
  •       Keep your doors and windows closed.


Cockroaches are unsightly, disgusting, and unclean. These insects tend to get into your food and scurry around the surfaces of your home—spreading bacteria as they go. Whether they are German, Oriental, or American, you don’t want any kind of cockroaches living in your home and eating your food.

In order to avoid a cockroach infestation, keep these tips in mind:

  •       Use weather-stripping around your doors and windows.
  •       Make sure your basement stays dry.
  •       Survey the outside of your home/apartment for cockroaches.
  •       Check packages before bringing them indoors.


Wasps and hornets are mean and dangerous. Unlike bees, wasps and hornets are more likely to attack you if you get too close. Both wasps and hornets often build nests on the sides of houses and apartment complexes. This makes it difficult to spend time outside or even go in and out of the house without worrying about being stung. For some, a sting from a wasp or hornet is simply painful and frustrating. For others that have allergies, it can mean a trip to the hospital. If you notice a wasp or hornet nest, contact Nationwide Pest Control to remove it professionally. You don’t want to risk your own safety. If you are a landlord, make sure you get this taken care of immediately. You don’t want to risk the lives of your tenants or their guests.


While some spiders are creepy yet harmless, others can cause significant harm. The bites of certain spiders can land you in the hospital. If you see spiders around your home, you’ll want to make sure to remove them.

In order to avoid spiders getting into your home and spinning a web, take these tips into consideration:

  • Get rid of spiderwebs as soon as you see them.
  • Close off any gaps that lead to the outside of your home.
  • Replace ripped or torn window or door screens.
  • Remove rocks, debris, and branches from your property. If you are a landlord, this means the exterior of the building.
  • Keep your windows and doors closed.
  • Check that there are no gaps that lead to the exterior of your home or complex.

Termites/Carpenter Ants

Termites and carpenter ants are major problems. If you are renting an apartment and you notice them, you need to contact your landlord immediately to have them addressed. Termites and carpenter ants can put the entire apartment complex at risk. If you are a landlord and a tenant informs you of a termite or carpenter ant infestation, take care of it immediately. Contact a pest control company like Nationwide Pest Control to professionally remove the termites or carpenter ants. Do not try to do this on your own! The safety of your tenants is at stake, as is your property. Let the professionals take care of the problem.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are nasty little bugs that make their way indoors and infest not only beds but also other furniture. Bed bugs can not only spread from the bed to other furniture, but also to other apartment units. Make sure you take care of bed bugs quickly.

Here are some tips for avoiding bed bugs:

  •       Keep your sheets washed.
  •       Wash your clothing when you return home from a trip.
  •       Check your apartment if your neighbor gets bed bugs.
  •       Inform your landlord that bed bugs are in the building.
  •       Clean new clothing you purchased when you get home from the store.
  •       Clean and vacuum your home regularly.
  •       Avoid purchasing used clothing and furniture.

Reach Out Today

If you own an apartment complex or you are a renter, it’s important to stay vigilant when it comes to pests. If you notice pests in your apartment, contact Nationwide Pest Control. We’ll send out an expert exterminator to survey the area, find the infestation, and eliminate it. We also provide preventative services to avoid pests, to begin with.

Reach out today! We look forward to helping you with your pest elimination and prevention needs.

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