Here are a few tips to assist you in helping to keep pests out of your unit.:
- Good housekeeping and frequent removal of trash and the elimination of clutter will deny roaches and mice places to live and breed (interior and exterior).
- Put food away after meals. Foods that are not refrigerated should be stored in glass or plastic airtight containers.
- Keep cooking and food preparation areas clean. Grease, leftovers and crumbs attract insects, cockroaches and mice.
Many public high-rises, like other places in the country, are facing a major problem with an infestation of bedbugs.
If you suspect that you may have bed bugs, you should report it to your management office immediately. Here are some helpful steps;
- First contact the management office. They will inspect your unit and make a decision as to what course of action needs to be taken, either chemically treating your unit or use of heat remediation.
- Follow these procedures:
- Do not drag infested furniture through the halls and into elevators. This will spread the problem. MPHA staff has bags for the proper disposal of mattresses and infested furniture.
- Place all laundry in plastic garbage bags so you can safely carry the laundry to be properly cleaned. Do not reuse these bags once your laundry had been cleaned, but dispose of them properly.
- Wash bed-clothes and all infested cloth items with detergent and hot water, and dry in a hot dryer for 20+ minutes
- Do not store anything on your floor unless it is stored in covered plastic containers.
- Vacuum bed frame, all furniture including dressers, kitchen tables, sofas, book shelves, night stands and the entire premises. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag, seal tightly, and discard in designated trash receptacle. This prevents captured bed bugs from spreading.
- Follow the procedures provided to you by management staff if your unit will be treated for bed bugs.
- If you do not have bed bugs, take the following precautions:
- Do not bring used furniture, mattresses, appliances or clothing into the building.
- Cover your mattresses with a zipper mattress cover if possible.
- Set glass, plastic or metal coasters under the legs of your bed.
- Keep your apartment clean and clutter free.
- Wash your bedding frequently.
- Vacuum mattress, frame and all other furniture frequently.
It is important and part of your Lease agreement to report any signs of bed bugs, cockroaches and or mice to management immediately upon discovery.
If it is found that you have a bed bug infestation and you did not report it to the management office right away, MPHA may take steps to terminate your lease.
If you have any questions or concerns please stop by the management office.