Dynamic approach to pest management in condominiums

Monday, November 6, 2023

In the world of pest control, no two buildings are the same. Every condominium is home to unique communities, living spaces, common areas, and environmental factors that require tailored and sustainable solutions.

Paolo Bossio of Advantage Pest Control has been working with condominium managers and Boards of Directors for years to create and execute bespoke pest management strategies. Ahead, he shares insights into what it takes to keep pests at bay.

First, what makes pest control in condominiums such a unique challenge?

One of the biggest reasons multi-residential properties pose a unique challenge for us is the fact that there are so many shared walls and vents, which makes it easy for roaches, bedbugs, and all manner of crawling insects to move from one unit to the next.

In fact, we’ll often find that the unit we’ve been called in to tackle isn’t even “Ground Zero” for the infestation and that they are actually getting invaded by pests who have traveled from neighbours who are units down the hall.

That’s another factor, too: Infestations in a multi-residential condominium building may originate in units with people who either don’t know they have an issue, have a cognitive disability and can’t express their issue, or are maybe too embarrassed to say something. Some of the worst infestations we have seen have been from units that have zero history of complaints.

And that’s the crux of the challenge; the fact that condominium suites are home to different people living right next to each other, each with their own unique factors that need to be considered. This is why we will start by doing block treatments and inspections to assess each issue in a more comprehensive manner and hone in on everything that may be contributing to the infestation.

Was the pandemic a factor in multi-residential infestations?

Due to the pandemic, many restaurants, plazas, bakeries, and food providers shut down and transferred solely to delivery through services like Uber Eats or Skip the Dishes. The increase in delivery traffic played a part in relocating roaches, mice, and rats from commercial buildings to residential properties. People were also working from home and eating more inside their units, which caused a huge rise in pest control-related issues in multi-residential condominium properties.

What is a “dynamic, integrated approach” to pest management, and why is it more effective for condominiums?

A dynamic approach simply means that it takes all factors into consideration and that you need a tailored and ongoing strategy based on the building’s specific issues, requirements, and populations. It is an approach that recognizes the fact that insects and people are very dynamic. Because of this, a dynamic integrated pest management technique is best practice for multi-residential condos; we know this to be true through experience. For example, we can’t treat a unit where the owner is bedridden the same way we would treat a unit that has a newborn baby.

Take us through a typical multi-residential condominium engagement. 

 We always like to start with an inspection and generate well-documented notes on problematic units. By doing this, we can design and conduct the appropriate remediation strategy, as well as follow up as necessary. Again, the idea is to do that upfront assessment and legwork to figure out exactly what’s going on and how we can stop it using our integrated services and technologies.  

What are common questions/concerns clients typically have during this process?  

There are always questions, and that’s part of the process. Property managers, Boards of Directors, and owners alike will naturally want to know the extent of their issue, what we’re doing in terms of remediation, and how it will impact the building.  

That’s why communication is key with building staff, boards, owners, and tenants. It’s also why we always provide reports and preparation documents so that there are no surprises and everyone has confidence in what we’re doing. With pest control, proper preparation is 80% of the program.  

How does Advantage Pest Control help clients prepare for the winter? 

We self-audit at Advantage Pest Control. We hire a specific technician to visit all our accounts in the fall to make sure that stations are being placed correctly and filled properly, as well as check for structural issues on the properties to ensure points of entry are addressed before insects and rodents look for access.

If you’re concerned about pests in your building and want to know how to keep them at bay, please contact our office at 416-297-8010 or via email to info@advantagepestcontrol.co to book a consultation. Visit our website at www.advantagepestcontrol.co.

Paolo Bossio is the President and CEO of Advantage Pest Control Inc., a family-owned and operated business specializing in Dynamic Integrated Pest Management programs.

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