An important but often overlooked consideration during the home renovation process is pest control. Pesky insects and rodents can find their way into your home when their nests are disturbed by digging or the removal of flooring and walls. There is also the possibility for new materials used in the renovation to have infestations before they come into your home. If you already have pests in your home, now can be a great time to deal with them. With a few simple steps, you can protect your family from these annoying and disease-carrying critters.
Use Pest Control
Have your house checked and treated for pests by a local company a few days before your project is set to start. If you prefer the do-it-yourself method, there are many options available in most home-improvement, lawn-and-garden and big-box stores. Ants, mice and termites are the big three, so make sure any treatments that are done cover those at the least.
Keep Your Project Area Clean
Insects and rodents love dirt and crumbs. A great way to discourage them from making your house their new home is to keep the renovation area clean. This is especially important if you are remodeling a kitchen while still using it to prepare and store food. According to Insight Pest Solutions, ants are the most common residential pest and are mostly attracted by sugary foods that are left out and unsecured. Old sodas or sugary drinks left lying out attract ants in a hurry. Keeping the renovation area clean will discourage pests from making themselves at home.
Seal the Pipes
Old pipes make great passages and homes for rodents. Check for old pipes that are no longer in use when installing new ones and have them sealed off. Make sure to do the same with any pipes that are replaced but not removed during the renovation. Silicone Depot also suggests using caulk to seal around new and old piping to ensure that pests can’t get around them. It only takes a small hole to create a big problem.
Whether you currently have an infestation or not, a renovation provides a perfect opportunity for protecting your house against pests. Talk to your contractor about sealing holes and old pipes. Ask anyone working to let you know if they find any evidence of infestation like mouse nests and ant trails. Then, have a pest control company come to inspect your home after the renovations are complete to ensure that no pests have survived.
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