When it comes to remodeling or building a home in the St. Louis area, you already know there are many large and small details that go into the planning. One that can be easily overlooked? Getting ahead of pest control with a simple addition — in-wall pest control. This service isn’t widely talked about, but it’s something that can make home and building maintenance much easier.
What is In-Wall Pest Control?
In-wall tubing is an effective way to control pests from entering your new home and can be controlled from the outside, without even letting a technician inside. Pest control professionals work closely with builders to install tubing with perforated holes in the structure of your walls. That tubing is then connected to ports installed on the exterior of your home. This process forms a barrier deep inside the place that pests like to hide most — your walls.
Why In-Wall instead of Traditional Pest Control?
Many pest control companies offer traditional services like ant, roach, and rodent control, so why choose in-wall pest control tubing? First, tubing offers more targeted pest control. It delivers pesticides to the places you need it most (the walls of your home) and not where you don’t need it (around your family). Because the pesticide is also hidden from sunlight, rain, and foot traffic, it lasts much longer.
It’s important to understand that in-wall pest control isn’t the right fit for every home. Speak to your pest control professional to learn more about the lifespan and maintenance for this system and when you should expect to replace it. In-wall pest control also needs to be installed during the building or remodeling process — it’s not an easy project for existing walls that aren’t already being stripped and rebuilt.
What are the Benefits of In-Wall Pest Control?
- Exposure: Because the pesticide is inside your walls, you and your family won’t be exposed to harmful chemicals that are available in stores. You also won’t need to leave your home due to fumigation as a result of non-preventive pest control.
- Cost-efficiency: While there is an upfront investment for the installation, overall it requires little upkeep and can last for years and the service fees are minimal. Installing in-wall pest control lowers the chance of bigger infestation treatment costs going forward.
- Convenience: Servicing the pesticide boxes doesn’t require a technician to enter the house, which means you don’t have to wait for an appointment. There’s no waiting for a pro to show up and move around your furniture to get to the hotspots inside, near your family and pets.
Prevention and treatment: Stopping pests from entering your home in the first place is a huge preventive measure, and installing in-wall pest control can actually work to treat infestations that may also be present yet hidden.
Other In-Wall Pest Control FAQs
Q: My St. Louis home isn’t new and hasn’t been remodeled recently. Can I check to see if there’s been in-wall pest control installed?
A: This is something you can easily find out. If it’s not something you noted during a home inspection, you can check the exterior of your home for a port to add the treatment to the tubing — it should be a box the size of a box of tissues. Better yet, you can call a pest control professional to check things out.
Q: How do I maintain in-wall pest control tubing after it’s installed?
A: When you choose the right pest control partner, your tubing system will last for several years without needing any maintenance. That said, you should ask your pest control technician about maintenance plans offered so you have peace of mind your investment is working hard.
Q: What kind of pests will in-wall tubing prevent from entering my home?
A: Speak with your technician to come up with a plan that suits your home and its location best. Depending on those factors and the answer to a few of your questions, you’ll have a better understanding of the options you have when choosing in-wall pest control.
At PestShield, we want to ensure we inform our customers of all of their best pest control options. For customers or builders who are getting ready for a new-build, this is one option you do not want to overlook. The pest control company must install this system during the build 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.