Preventing Pest Infestations in Strata Buildings


Preventing Pest Infestations in Strata Buildings


Strata buildings present unique challenges when it comes to pest control. With multiple units sharing common spaces, the risk of pest infestations can escalate quickly if not managed effectively. In this scenario, a problem shared is a problem doubled! Pests can not only cause structural damage but also pose health hazards to residents. Adaptive Pest Control is here to help you and your neighbours protect your homes by preventing infestations. 


Keeping Strata Buildings Pest-Free 


Strata buildings are often comprised of multiple units and shared spaces. This cosy state of affairs can cause difficulties when it comes to pest control due to the proximity of units, shared walls, and common areas. One person’s pest problem can quickly become an issue for everyone. 


Therefore, residents, property managers, and pest control professionals need proper strategies and collaboration. Let’s take a closer look at the what, the why, the how and the who’s responsible of pest prevention in strata buildings. 


The What 

Some of the most prevalent pests found in strata buildings include: 


  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches thrive in warm, humid environments and are commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, and utility areas. They can quickly multiply and spread throughout a building. 
  • Ants: Ants are attracted to food sources and can infiltrate strata buildings in search of a decent meal. Common species may establish colonies in kitchens, pantries, and outdoor areas. 
  • Rodents (Mice and Rats): Rodents are notorious for seeking shelter and food indoors, making strata buildings prime targets for infestation. They are surprisingly squishy and can enter through small openings in walls, floors, and utility conduits. 
  • Termites: These silent destroyers feed on cellulose-based materials like wood and can cause extensive damage if left unchecked. 
  • Bed Bugs: Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests that can be inadvertently introduced into strata buildings through infested furniture, luggage, or clothing.  
  • Silverfish: Silverfish are moisture-loving pests commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas. They feed on starchy materials like paper, glue, and textiles. 
  • Flies: Flies are attracted to organic matter (like leftovers in the bin) and can be particularly problematic in strata buildings with inadequate waste management practices.  
  • Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and can breed in and around strata buildings with poor drainage or standing water.  


The Why 

Pest control is crucial for strata buildings for several reasons: 

  • Health and Safety: Pests can pose significant health risks to residents by contaminating food, transmitting diseases, and triggering allergies.  
  • Property Preservation: Pests such as termites, rodents, and cockroaches can cause structural damage to buildings, compromising their integrity over time.  
  • Resident Satisfaction: Prioritising pest control in strata buildings can enhance resident satisfaction and foster a more positive community environment. 
  • Preventive Maintenance: Regular pest control inspections and treatments serve as a form of preventive maintenance. 
  • Protecting Common Areas: Pests in common areas such as hallways, lobbies, and parking lots can affect all residents, not just those in the infested units. 
  • Preserving Reputation: A reputation for cleanliness and well-maintained facilities is essential for strata buildings to attract and retain residents.  


The How 

Prevention is often more effective and less costly than a full-blown infestation. Preventive measures can include: 


  • Sealing Cracks and Crevices: Inspect the building regularly for any openings that pests could use to enter, such as gaps around doors and windows, cracks in walls, or openings around utility penetrations. 
  • Proper Waste Management: Residents should dispose of their rubbish correctly and promptly. Ensure that bin areas are kept clean and the bins themselves are tightly sealed. 
  • Regular Cleaning: Maintaining cleanliness in common areas, stairwells, and shared spaces can discourage pests from taking up residence. Regular vacuuming, mopping, and sanitation practices can help eliminate food sources and hiding places for pests. 
  • Landscaping Maintenance: Keep outdoor areas well-maintained to prevent overgrowth and debris accumulation, which can attract pests like rodents and insects. 
  • Education and Awareness: All of the above actions are more likely to take place if residents and maintenance staff know how to do them and why. Providing information about common pests, how to identify signs of infestation, and what steps to take in case of a sighting can empower people to be proactive. 
  • Professional Pest Control Services: Engage licensed pest control professionals like APC with experience managing pests in strata buildings. These professionals can develop customised pest management plans, conduct thorough inspections, and implement targeted treatments. 
  • A Collaborative Approach: One key aspect of successful pest control in strata buildings is fostering a collaborative approach among all stakeholders. Communication channels should be established to report sightings, discuss concerns, and coordinate treatment plans. 


Who’s Responsible? 

In a nutshell, the responsibility for pest control is typically shared between the owner’s corporation (body corporate) and individual lot owners, as outlined in the relevant state or territory legislation.  


  • Common Areas: The body corporate is generally responsible for pest control measures in common areas of the strata building, including corridors, stairwells, lobbies, and shared facilities such as garbage disposal areas, gardens, and parking lots.  
  • Individual Lots: Individual lot owners are typically responsible for maintaining their units and ensuring they are free from pest infestations. This includes taking proactive measures to prevent pests from entering their units. 
  • Cost Sharing: The cost of pest control treatments in common areas is usually shared among all owners through strata levies as determined by the owner’s corporation. However, if a pest infestation originates from a specific lot and affects common property or other lots, the affected owner may be responsible for covering the entire cost. 
  • By-laws and Regulations: Strata owners and residents need to familiarise themselves with the by-laws and regulations governing pest control within the strata scheme.  


Prevention with Adaptive Pest Control 

You may be a tenant wanting to maintain your own unit within a strata building or an owner who needs to ensure the protection and sanitation of all. At Adaptive Pest Control, our experienced team specialises in delivering tailored solutions designed to suit your property’s unique needs. Get in touch today for peace of mind and a pest-free environment for all occupants.