If you do not already have a pest problem, you will not want to invite them into your home during your renovations. While any work is being done on your home, it opens it up for pests to get in, and from there causes you more headaches than you want to deal with at the moment. You can pay attention to several things that will help keep them out, plus there are some precautionary measures that you can implement for all your help. Let's take a look.
- Old Pipes and Vents – If you are changing the piping around, or if it has been done in the past, you will want to have them removed or sealed up. Rodents and insects use these pipes as an entryway to your home, and they will build nests in them, which can vent in smells that can be harmful to your lungs.
- Doors – You will need to get into the habit of making sure that the doors are kept closed as much as possible. You need to close them behind you when hauling things in and out, no matter how much of a hassle it is. If you have some help for your project, you will also need to teach them how to treat doors and explain why it is essential.
- Cracks and Gaps – You may find that you have numerous cracks and gaps once you start tearing into things. Some may have even been filled with spray foam, which seals the hole, but it does not stop the common pests found in cities from entering the house. They chew right through it, so make sure to use some steel wool, mesh screens, or even wood if there is room.
- Chimneys – Like pipes and vents, you will want to seal them off, even if you still use them. The best way to do this is to install ¼ inch wire mesh over the hole. The great thing is that this will allow you to continue using the fireplace, and it will block out all pests, including wasps and bats.
- Outside Projects – You probably noticed that insects came crawling out of the woodwork once you started digging around your foundation. They love to hide in the soil and grass around the house's base, and once you disturb them, they will spread out in every direction to find a new home. This is an excellent time to spray insecticides. Still, you need to be even more diligent at keeping them out of the house because they will do anything to gain access inside.
- Grade Around the Foundation – While you are working around the house's foundation, you need to rent a laser level if you do not own one and check the grade of the lawn or driveway. You want the water and debris coming down off the eaves to flow out and away from your foundation because pests love cool, damp places. If the water moves away from the house, the insects and rodents will also.
Renovations can be excellent for your house, and it raises the value and creates the design and functionality you need. The downside is that it gives pests easier access to your home because you are busy worrying about the project at hand, which leaves little room for pest control. You need to keep your eyes open and make sure that you are proactive regarding pests.
You need to plan it into your overall project planning and ensure that anyone that is helping knows what you expect from them. If you take the time to prevent pests from entering your home from the start, you will not have to deal with them during your renovation. Of course, if you see signs of pests, you should take the time to deal with them immediately, even if it means stopping the upgrades for a few days. Being proactive is always better than being reactive.