Renovation of old buildings and the construction of new ones can both benefit from the consideration of pest control, even before the project gets started.
Because of the way that construction projects happen, sites are inherently attractive to various pests, such as rodents, insects, and even termites.
Planning for pest control ahead of time will help you not only prevent infestations during the construction phases but also build in a smart way that can help to keep pests out for years to come.
Whether starting with a new site or renovating, working with a pest control professional will help you address some important issues ahead of time, such as:
- Termite Treatment. A new construction termite treatment helps to form a chemical barrier to protect your building from later infestations. This may include treating the soil prior to any slab placement, as well as specifically treating the areas where wooden doors, cabinets, and other items will be placed.
- Monitoring. Pest monitors help to assess the surrounding area so you can be aware of what types of pests are nearby and how you might prevent the infestation of your building site.
- Water Sources. Always an attraction for pests, water sources such as ponds and lakes nearby should be considered when managing pest control for a construction site.
Renovation or new construction pest control might seem trivial, but don’t underestimate the opportunities for pests to invade your work site.
Work with your construction team and pest control expert to actively address pest control on your construction site by keeping these things in mind:
- Be mindful of waste spread about the construction site that may be attractive to pests. Human food, cardboard, wood, and other items used during the process might create a food source or habitat for certain pests.
- Remember that new construction may be disrupting the existing habitat of a pest population—particularly of the rodent variety. Get the help of a pest control expert during construction to set traps or bait around the exterior of the construction site to eliminate the relocation of the pest population into nearby areas.
- Inspect all incoming materials for signs of pest infestation prior to bringing them onto the site, particularly in the case of wood that might be infested with termites.
- Take the advice of a pest control expert on how to prevent termites. This may include using chemicals in areas of excavation, perimeters, pipe beddings, and other places where termites might be attracted.
Look for pests during the wrap-up and move in phases of construction. During this time, many “kinks” will often be worked out in the way the building has been constructed, and pest control is just one of these factors.
- Look for cracks and holes through which pests might be able to crawl, then seal them up.
- Be diligent about recycling paper and cardboard immediately, as this can become a draw for certain pests.
- Install sodium vapor lights around the building exterior, which is less attractive to pests than traditional incandescent or fluorescent lights.
- Landscape wisely to keep shrubs at least two feet away from structures, and choose plants that are less likely to attract insects.
- Consult your pest control professional to perform complete termite prevention within the walls, wood, masonry voids, and other places to create a termite-proof barrier around the house.