Did you know? You could have innovative pest control in your home and not even know it. In-wall pest control systems became mainstream in the 1990s featuring tubing inside the walls of a home that administered pesticides in places where pest control professionals couldn’t reach. Many homeowners don’t yet know about this method, and our team gets plenty of questions — which we’ll answer in this blog post.
What is in-wall pest control?
In-wall pest control, or in-home tubing systems, are installed during the home building process. Perforated tubing is inserted into a home’s walls as a part of the construction. That tubing is linked to outside treatment ports secured to the home’s exterior walls. A pest control professional activates the in-wall system, injects pesticide solution into the ports, and creates a barrier that keeps pests away.
What makes in-wall pest control so effective?
Pests are called pests because they just won’t leave, especially when they have dark, warm spaces — like the spaces inside your walls. Not only that, you’re likely not reaching into walls or checking them often (or at all) to look for signs of infestation. In-wall pest control keeps pests from moving even further into your home.
What are the advantages of in-wall pest control?
In-wall pest control systems offer several key benefits:
- They’re installed when the house is being built, which means no mess or fuss after you are already moved into the home.
- The product stays inside the wall, keeping it safe from children and pets.
- You don’t need to be on the premises when we inject the solution into the tubes. Our technician simply has to come and inject it into the ports outside.
- The cost is no higher than what you’d pay for regular pest control services.
- The solution reaches pests where it’s hardest to reach them.
- The tubes are made of durable materials like polyethylene, making them long-lasting.
Can you clear up some common misconceptions about in-wall pest control?
Exposure to chemicals: There’s a misunderstanding that in-wall tubing exposes people and pets to pesticides, but in fact, the opposite is true. A minimal amount of chemicals are used and they don’t penetrate the walls.
Cost of tubing: While installing tubing during the construction phase actually carries a low cost and can last for years inside your home. It may be an expense upfront, but it will prevent infestations that end up costing more to remediate.
Pest control appointments: While traditional pest control is still effective, you still have to make an appointment and even perhaps leave your home during the process of spraying. Neither of those steps is necessary to service in-wall pest control systems.
Tubing is only preventative: While in-wall tubing can prevent pests from getting into your home, pest control professionals can also change the amount and type of pesticide during servicing to tackle full-blown infestations.
In-wall tubing is enough: Tubing is a preventative measure, but it doesn’t cover every square inch of your home. Pairing it with traditional pest control can offer an additional barrier that works even harder to prevent pests from getting in.
How do I know if my house has in-wall tubing?
Some homeowners aren’t even aware they have an in-wall pest control system, but here’s how to find out: check the outside of your home to see if you have a port box installed about the size of a Kleenex box mounted to the exterior wall. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll take a look to help you determine whether or not you have an in-wall system.
Can I install an in-wall system now?
If you have an in-wall system installed, congrats on having some of the top pest prevention for your home! If you don’t have one installed, you, unfortunately, won’t be able to add this system unless you are planning a new build.
The pest control company must install this system during the building process. However, if you’re planning on building a new home and you’d like to add an in-wall system, or if you think you have one and want to set up a maintenance plan, connect with our experts at PestShield now.
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