|State laws vary, but in most places basic pest control is the responsibility of the land lord. You need to provide a "habitable" residence, which means it's not overrun with rats or c**kroaches
There can be some limits to this, i.e. if the tenant is leaving food every where, the bugs can live there forever.
You should probably add a clause to the lease for next time what pest control you intend to provide (yearly termite inspection, quarterly spraying, etc.), and what responsibilities the tenant has (not leaving food everywhere, etc.)
Personally, I like to spray around the house myself. I pay for a yearly termite inspection. This works well enough so far.
Most of this stuff is toxic, and says you should keep pets and kids away for a certain time. You should probably arrange with your tenant a good time for them to leave the place for a day, or keep the pets and kids inside for the day.
Last edited on Thu Jun 26th, 2008 08:24 pm by ozzy92