How to Keep Pests out During your Home Remodel
Any major home renovations are going to increase the risk of a pest infestation taking place. As building materials are stripped away from walls, floors, and ceilings, it is important that homeowners take some time to protect their home. Here is a look at some tips for keeping rodents, roaches, ants, and all other pests out of your home during your next major project.
Ventilate Without Leaving Doors and Windows Open
Ventilation is extremely important when using any strong airborne or liquid chemicals, but propping open doors and windows will leave your home exposed to outdoor bugs as they look for food, water, and shelter. If you are using a professional contractor or getting help from friends, then take some time to explain why major openings should be kept closed as much as possible. Screens and protective plastic can be used if the project requires open doors or windows.
Seal Vents and Pipes
Any structural changes to a home may require you to reroute older pipes, vents, and electrical lines. Leaving these areas unsealed will open up new pathways for rodents and other pests to move around your home. All crawlspaces, pipes, and vents that are no longer going to be used should be sealed with adhesives and filler materials that are designed to keep pests out.
Have Your Home Preemptively Sprayed
Longer remodeling projects could leave your home exposed to pests for weeks or even months, and this will increase the chance of an infestation developing. Homeowners should contact their local pest control company to explore their options for spraying, setting traps, or relocating pests before the demo period of the project. Companies such as Barrier Pest Control can help homeowners come up with a proactive plan to prevent any major problems before they start.
Be Wary of Disturbing Your Soil
Any projects that take place outside or near the foundation of the home will most likely require at least some digging. When the soil is disturbed, then any colonies that may have been in that area will need a new home such as your crawlspaces or vents. Those that notice any increased activity in their soil such as lines of ants or gopher holes should contact a pest control company to explore any additional services they might need.
Research New Plants and Trees
New foliage planted around your property should be treated with care. Not only can new plants and trees come from the store with invasive species on them, but they can also attract new species that were not on your property before. You should take some time to inspect any new foliage that is being planted on your property and spray it if necessary. Homeowners should also research if new bugs and rodents will be attracted to these plants.
Inspect Your Property Weekly
Even if your contractor takes some time to check the progress of your current project, you may want to inspect any changes to the structure of your home at least once a week. Few major remodeling projects go off without a hitch, and even the most careful crews can cause minor damage such as a crack in a wall that will allow in new critters. Keeping a can of sealant with you during these inspections will allow you to close up these entry points quickly and easily.
These renovations will improve the value and livability of your home, but it also leaves the door open for new infestations to develop. Taking the time to protect your home and property from local pests could save you from expensive repairs down the road.
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