When renovating your home, it’s easy to get swept away in the fun stuff like designing and decorating, but an often-overlooked step that will save you a lot of potential trouble down the road is pest control. Engaging with a pest control service at all stages of your renovation can help you identify potential pest problems and address them before they get out of hand. Here at Cure All Pest Control, we believe in being proactive about pests, rather than reactive. Read on to find out more about why you should consider pest control pre, during and post-renovation.
Pest Control Pre-Renovation
First things first, it’s important to ensure there aren’t already pests living in your home before you start renovating. An experienced pest control specialist will be able to conduct a Pest & Building Inspection on your property and advise of any existing and potential problems. By doing this, you can go into your renovation knowing your house is pest-free.
Completing a pest inspection prior to your renovations can also help identify areas with the potential for pest infestation, and help advise materials that will be less attractive to potential pests in your specific situation.
Pest Control During Renovation
Pest control during renovation is critical to ensuring that a pest problem doesn’t arise during the construction phase. The best way to avoid long-term damage to your property is to ensure pest problems are handled in a timely and efficient manner, so it’s a good idea to have a pest control specialist inspect your renovation before it is complete, so that you don’t have to go and undo all your hard work once it’s done.
Pest Control Post-Renovation
Another critical timing for a pest inspection is immediate once your renovation is complete, especially if you skipped on it during the build. A post-renovation pest inspection will ensure that nothing has crept in while you’ve been working, and ensure that you’re not sealing in anything that will potentially become a much bigger problem down the track.
Why Do Renovations Invite Pests?
Well, this can happen for a number of reasons. Mostly it’s because you’re opening up an area, introducing new materials and increasing foot traffic through your home. With so much activity, there are plenty of new avenues for pests to arrive at your home.
Spaces Opened To The Outdoors
Construction sites can be perfect habitats for pests. Birds, rodents and insects may think the construction site is a cozy place to stay for the night. Since this area is likely on lockdown when tradies aren’t working, there’s no one to really stop these pests from finding shelter. When the workers come back the next day, those pests may try to hide away by moving deeper into the home.
Luckily, if your renovation is inside, you may be safe from this issue since tradespeople will cover up any open windows or exits to prevent this exact thing! But sometimes a renovation has to be left open, which is especially common for larger-scale structural renovations.
Make Sure You Inspect Raw Materials
If your reno includes wood, make sure to have it inspected first. Things like timer are stored in open yards where pests can access the supplies. Obviously woods are treated to prevent this, but that doesn’t mean it’s always 100% effective.
And if not termites, the freighting could still bring a bunch of other pests with it such as moths, ants, beetles, etc. These pests can also be transported in packaging and other supplies needed during construction.
Keep On Top Of Clean Up
As much as we hope you only have to deal with clean tradies, sometimes you may spot litter left around the worksite. If left unattended this may draw in hungry rodents, birds or other pests. If your home is open up during the renovation, the last thing you want is a rat who snacked on an opened sausage roll to see what else they can salvage inside.
Demolition waste, or construction debris stored in open bins or piles can also be an attractive snack to termites. Any cellulose-based material left on the floor should be put into a contained area as soon as possible.
At Cure All Pest Control, we’re proud to offer our promise to you to provide 100% satisfaction guaranteed, and that goes for all services, including our Pest & Building Inspections, and can help remove any pesky critters at any stage of your residential renovation. We believe in safety first, for our team and for you, so we use the best industry practices to carry out your pest control service. Call us now on (07) 3349 8572 or contact us here to arrange your pest inspection today.