Every individual aim to build a home of their dreams. The nooks and corners of which are designed to their choice and preference. While planning most people tend to ignore the most crucial aspect, i.e., pest control.
There live around 20 species of termites also known as ‘white ants’ and other bugs and insects that infest the house and cause substantial damage. The danger of getting the house more prone to termites and pests is during the building and remodeling process. Special care and attention are required during these times to stop their access into the home and prevent their nestling.
Signs of Bug Infestation
It is not always difficult to witness the presence of bugs and other insects. The signs of their presence are pretty prominent and can be alert warning signs to take timely action. Some of the signs are as follows –
- A peculiar smell similar to that of fungus and decay
- Visibility of white ants
- Paints start cracking
- Ceilings starting to swell up
- Signs of damage done by water
- Pipes filled with mud especially on the outside of the house
- Soil maze on Furniture
- Hollowness in the wooden furniture
Handling of Bugs during Remodeling
When talking about pest control in the house, it means getting the house rid of all kinds of the pest not just from the inside but also from the outside. Pests, termites, and bugs are found not only indoors but outdoors as well. When remodeling the home there is a lot of scope for them to birth, develop and grow. Hence taking preventive and cautionary steps is essential. Here are some ways to handle both indoor and outdoor bugs –
Indoor Handling of Bugs
● Avoid Leaving Doors Open
Considering it convenient to go in and out of the house frequently, it is a common issue of leaving the doors open while remodeling the home. These open doors, however, become welcome spots for the bugs making them fairly easy to sneak into the house.
● Do Not Leave Loose Ends
Abandoned pipes, unplugged holes, and other such outlets should be plugged or sealed off. Else such loose ends become host places for bugs to build a home of their own inside your home.
● Recognize the New Places of their Hiding
Bugs are very quick to adapt to new surroundings. They find new places and get easily comfortable there. Remodeling process gives them an opportunity to find such new places to hide and dwell. It is imperative that one recognizes such new sites that might lead to bug breeding and take appropriate care beforehand after consulting with a specialist in pest control and exterminating. Visit a pest control company in your area that specializes in conducting a thorough pest cleaning both inside and outside your house.
● Don’t Linger the Project for Long
When projects take too long to complete or are put on hold for a long period, it becomes easy for the bugs to invade the home. Incomplete spaces, open endings, leave more access points for bugs to infest the place.
Outdoor Handling of Bugs
● Scrutinizing the Exterior
After the remodeling process is done, it is advised to go around the outside of the house and inspect it for any spaces that could be the budding places for bugs. It is important to do this follow up procedure to prevent potential damage to the structure from bugs.
● Take Professional Help
Taking help of a professional in handling bugs, after the remodeling process especially, is always helpful. The experts carefully examine the entire space to detect bug access points, loose ends, openings or any such other points. As the age old saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than Cure.’ Taking corrective steps in a timely manner prevent the possibilities of any bigger impairment in the future.
● Understand the Effect of Landscape Changes
When remodeling the house, some people also change the landscapes. New plants and trees are implanted, and these might require excessive digging and soiling. Since plants attract bugs the most, it becomes to keep a check on them upon the plantation, shifting and later on. Taking help of an expert service provider will make the task easier and understanding the effect of landscape changes on the insects.
● Phase Wise Pest Management
The task pest management and bug control must be undertaken at each stage of construction and remodeling. On a holistic view, there are ways in which this problem can be resolved before the construction begins, during the construction process and after the project has been completed.
● Before Construction Begins
Even before the construction begins, it is important to make a plan of the bug control. Work with the team of experts and professional to evaluate the measures to be taken to control pests. Pretreat some items before using and try using non-cellulose building material. Check the raw material for bugs before using it.
● During the Construction Process
During the period when construction is in full swing, it requires one to be vigilant of the bugs. Standing water, wood debris, trash cans, raw material, and other building material and equipment are some places where the bugs can be found. It is essential to mark the property and inspect the surroundings and clean up areas where the possibility of bug infestation are high.
● Upon Project Completion and Beyond
Once the construction and remodeling procedure is completed, it is best to educate oneself with the preventive steps to be taken to control bug infestation. Things like installation of sodium vapor lights to attract fewer flies, installing windows well in their frames without leaving any gaps, avoiding plants and trees that attract a lot of bugs and pests, practicing sanitation will leave little to no room for bugs to breed and grow.
The remodeling of the home is a tedious, costly and time-consuming procedure. It is not something that one undertakes on a regular basis, and hence it becomes all the more important to build a space that will last longer and withstand the harsh weather conditions. To have a healthy exterior, strong internal strength is required. The presence of bugs weakens the internal strength. Hence appropriate steps must be taken to handle bugs.