There are many reasons why you may want to renovate your Texas home. To make it larger, make it more comfortable, improve the value, and to increase its efficiency and functionality are just a few.
Unfortunately, home renovations also often invite problems with pests, like ants, roaches, mice, flies, termites, scorpions, and many more that can wreak havoc on everything from your health to your building materials. But you don’t have to share your home with these annoying bugs and rodents. The following tips will help you keep pests away from your renovation efforts.
One of the first things you can do to keep pests away from your renovation is to be careful with any open doors and windows as well as ceilings and walls that you may need to knock down. In other words, any part of your home that is exposed to the outdoors can invite everything from flies and mosquitoes to rats and mice inside.
Use tarps and other products to seal up those walls and ceilings as tightly as possible. If you have workers coming in and out, make sure they aren’t leaving your doors and windows open unless necessary.
It’s essential to inspect all new materials, even if you just purchased them at a hardware store, for pests before bringing them inside your home. Wood could contain termites. Bugs like wasps and hornets could build nests in or on various pieces. Mice could make a nest inside any type of cloth of foliage.
You may find roaches or scorpions hiding inside new cabinets or appliances, especially if they were stored in a warehouse or outdoors. If you must store your building materials outside, in a garage, or in a barn or other space that is exposed to the elements, you may want to take extra precautions to keep pests away. This might involve setting traps or using a professional spray. Also, try covering the materials as tightly as possible.
Anyone undertaking bathroom renovations needs to be extra careful with pipes that are no longer used. These become the perfect hiding places for pests like mice and roaches, and they may even turn them into a permanent home. Keep in mind that many pests that come inside are seeking not just shelter, but water as well. So, if your bathroom project creates even temporary dampness inside your home, be sure to dry it up as quickly as possible.
If your renovation is outdoors, such as a yard, porch, garage, or shed project, you already know you’re at higher risk for pest interference. Setting traps and using human-safe or natural pesticides can help keep those bugs and rodents away. Keeping your materials covered or inside a shelter may also help.
Consider clearing out some of your vegetation or greenery if you’re really worried about pests. Pests are far more likely to find homes in trees, shrubs, roots, and gardens than in rocks or pavement. So make sure you prune or trim down trees in your backyard as that can impact pests, as well. There are several landscaping solutions that can accentuate your home without making it a refuge for unwanted pests.
From squirrel nests to ant beds, it’s also important to stay aware of any pests whose lives you disrupt if you change the environment by cutting down trees or digging up soil. They may seek shelter in your home.
Avoiding the Most Common Bugs in Texas
If you’re having problems with a specific pest, there are some things you can do to prevent them coming into your home:
- Mosquitoes: Remove all standing water, including outdoor plumbing leaks. Use citronella candles and fans in open spaces that expose your home to the outdoors.
- Ants: When you renovate, check for cracks or unsealed areas, such as windows, that serve as an entryway for ants. Keep the area clean, especially if you’ve had food or other edible items in the renovation area.
- Roaches: Roaches are more common in the humid areas along the Gulf Coast, but you can find them anywhere, especially in damp, dark places that make good hiding spaces. They’re especially attracted to cardboard boxes, so be sure to discard any that contain your new appliances and fixtures.
- Scorpions: Scorpions are common all throughout the state, and are almost always looking for water when they enter the home. Keep your renovation areas clean and dry, and sprinkle borax in areas that are temporarily unsealed due to your renovation. Scorpions also like cardboard boxes, wood piles, and other dark places, so inspect those items before bringing them inside.
Renovating your home is a big job, and a pest infestation can make it even more difficult, costing you extra time and money. The best thing to do is to take precautions to prevent common Texas bugs and rodents by hiring and consulting professionals, so as keep them from entering the area you’re renovating before they have a chance to take over and destroy your materials or become a nuisance inside your home.