I recently received a text note from one of my longer term tenants that the black bugs are back. She sent over a picture of a house centipede that were able to catch and before I get into a conversation with her about it, I wanted to see if there is any required action on my part to remove them.
All in all, these are semi-standard house hold bugs, I have seen them when I lived in that building as well as up the street where I live now. And they are harmless to people and actually only eat other bugs. But they are definitely creepy and can make you jump when you occasionally see one in the spring or fall. In my personal home, we eventually got a quarterly bug spray from Terminix (originally for an ant problem, but it took care of both). I view it as a personal choice to get that for this kind of pest, but I want to make sure I understand my landlord responsibility before we discuss it.
Any experience with this conversation?
Kurt Moeller, Q1 Properties LLC | 414‑364‑4597 | http://www.kurtmoeller.com
Last summer we saw a few of those in our house. Then we saw more. After a while, we were seeing over a dozen a day. It was driving my wife crazy.
Long story short, I had fallen behind on my outdoor chores and hadn't cleaned the gutters in much too long. The gutters were full of old pine straw and a few leaves. As I soon discovered with a search on the internet, pedes love old plant matter to live in and eat.
Immediately, I took out the ladder and headed roofward to clean the gutters. I was stunned to see so many pedes crawling on our roof and in the gutter. At first it was hard to see them because they are mostly black and our shingles are black, but as I looked closer I saw hundreds of the things, mostly on one half of one side of our roof. I thoroughly cleaned all the gutters. Voila, just like magic the pedes problem in our house basically disappeared overnight.
That reminds me, I need to clean the gutters this week.
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