Who is responsible for pest eradication?

Your obligations

As a property owner the City Council advises that controlling  pests is your responsibility. Pest infestation involving rats, mice, moths, fleas, bedbugs, beetles and wasps will severely test your relationship the tenant.

While the Courts consider pest infestation to be a serious defect in rental properties, if the problem occurs after the tenancy begins, and neither the landlord or the tenant has contributed to the problem, the responsibility for pest management is uncertain. 

Elite Pest and insect Control Ltd can work with you to find solutions to your Pest issues, by providing simple exclusion recommendations and competitive pricing backed up with an outstanding Follow Up Service System

We also recommend taking responsibility for Pest Management before any property damage is caused. If an infestation is found to be the result of a tenant breaching their obligations, it’s usually because a Tenant is unaware of their contribution,  Elite Pest and insect Control Ltd can provide your tenant with the right advice to reduce Pest Infestation, saving you the trouble of taking an otherwise great tenant to the Tenancy Tribunal. 

A good idea is to include an annual Pest Management Service  as part of the terms of the tenancy agreement, and develop a pre tenancy Pest Management System, so your tenant moves into your asset Pest Free

Property Managers need to act quickly at the first sign of a pest problem to prevent an infestation spreading throughout the property. Pests pose a serious health and safety threat with the potential to transmit pathogenic germs and cause extensive damage to equipment and buildings. Rodents gnawing on wires, for example, can short-circuit electrical systems.

An infestation has the potential to damage your property, and even harm your tenants’ health. The longer you leave it, the more expensive it will be to deal with, so keep an eye out for signs of the following pests and call Elite Pest and Insect Control Ltd for advice, before you do anything else …

Bees and wasps

Wasps can attack in large numbers if their nests are disturbed, so it’s best to treat the problem early in the year, before their numbers increase and they become more aggressive. Angering wasps increases the threat of being stung during treatment.  Kiwis love to Do It Themselves but in this case we recommend calling a Professional straight away.


Cockroach exposure can put tenants at risk of salmonella, dysentery and gastroenteritis. Cockroach droppings have even been linked to increases in eczema and childhood asthma. Cockroaches are resilient and breed rapidly, so a professional service is always going to be the most effective form of control

Rats and mice

Many insects hibernate during the winter, but that’s when Norwegian rats, roof rats or field mice are more likely to become a problem. Rodents in search of a warm, dry home and an abundant food supply to survive the winter can chew through electrical wires and plumbing pipes, and nest under floors, between walls, or in the ceiling. Rats and mice can produce up to 200 offspring in one season!  If your tenants want to Do It Themselves, get them to ring Elite Pest and Insect Control Ltd first for advice.

Case Bearing Moth

The larva has the rare ability to be able to eat wool, feathers and furs, and even synthetic fabrics if blended with wool, from which they can metabolize keratin into protein. It can become a pest when it feeds on carpets, furs, upholstery, and woollen fabrics.
The larvae are particularly attracted to soiled fibres, with traces of sweat, oils, or food. They also consume detritus, cobwebs, bird nests, stored vegetable produce and wallpaper. The larvae live within a portable silk case they construct from debris such as fibres and hairs

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