How to Handle a House Renovation and Pests

There are a variety of pests that can infest your home. Under normal circumstances, this isn’t a great situation. But when working on a home renovation and pests show up… it’s even worse. Do you have an upcoming house renovation and pests are a concern? Read on to learn the best course of action.

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Some pests are quite rare and you’ll most likely never need to worry about them. But if you’re a homeowner, here are some of the most common pests you might find and how to identify them.

Identify Pests


Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests. They can be brown, black, or reddish-brown, and are typically about 1-2 inches long. Cockroaches are attracted to food and moisture, so you might find them in your kitchen or bathroom.


Ants are another common household pest. They vary in color but are usually black or brown. Ants are attracted to food, so you might find them in your kitchen or pantry.


Mice are another common pest that can infest homes. They are typically gray or brown and are about 2-4 inches long. Mice are attracted to food and warmth, so you might find them in your kitchen or near heat sources.


Spiders are not necessarily a pest, but they can be unsettling to find in your home. They vary in size and color, but most are small and brown or black. Spiders typically live in dark, secluded areas, so you might find them in your basement or attic.

Home Renovation and Pests 

If you’re planning on renovating your home, whether for sale or just for yourself, you may be wondering how to deal with pests that may be present. Here are a few tips to help you keep pests under control during renovations.

Inspect the Area for Signs of Pests 

This will help you identify areas that may need special attention. If you see any, be sure to treat the area and eliminate the pests before proceeding. This will save you time, money, and frustration in the long run.

Start by removing all items from the room or area that you will be renovating. This includes furniture, carpets, drapes, and anything else that could possibly be in the way.

Repair Any Underlying Damage

Next, you will need to repair any damage that may have been caused by the pests. This could include fixing holes in the walls or ceilings, repairing damaged flooring, and so on.

Use pest-resistant materials whenever possible, such as caulk or sealant. These can help to prevent bugs from getting into your home. 

Avoid Pests from the Start

The best strategy is to prevent a pest problem before it happens. Keep food in airtight containers. This will help to keep bugs away from your food. Try to store food in the fridge whenever possible. Vacuum regularly and dispose of the bag immediately. 

Seek Professional Help

Consult with a pest control professional if you have any concerns or questions. A pest control professional can help you identify potential problem areas in your home and provide solutions to keep pests away. 

They can also help you find and eliminate potential sources of food and water for pests. If you have any concerns about possible infestations, a pest control professional can provide peace of mind and help you keep your home free of pests

Pests and Damage

If you’re planning a home renovation and pests are a concern, you’re halfway there. Many pests can cause extensive damage to homes and other structures. Why work to build more value into your home if these pests are only going to ruin it?

Some of the most common home-damaging pests include:

  • Carpenter ants: These ants excavate wood in order to build their nests, causing serious structural damage.
  • Termites: Termites also excavate wood to build their nests, and can cause even more damage than carpenter ants.
  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches can contaminate food and spread disease, as well as cause allergic reactions in some people.
  • Rodents: Rodents gnaw on electrical wires and wood, and can cause fires and serious damage to the structure of a home.

Pests can also damage personal belongings, such as clothing, furniture, and books. In addition, some pests, such as bedbugs, can bite humans and cause irritation and allergic reactions.

What to Do if You Spot Termites

If you’re renovating your home and spot termites, don’t panic. These pests aren’t necessarily a sign that your house is infested. 

However, it’s important to have the area treated by a professional to prevent further damage. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with termites during your renovation:

  1. If you see termites, contact a professional exterminator immediately. Do not attempt to treat the area yourself, as this could make the problem worse.
  2. Your exterminator will likely recommend a course of treatment that includes both chemical and non-chemical options.
  3. Make sure to follow the exterminator’s instructions carefully to ensure the treatment is effective.
  4. Once the termites are gone, take steps to prevent them from returning. This may include repairing any damage they’ve caused, such as leaks or cracks in your foundation.

If you suspect you have a pest problem, contact a professional pest control company for assistance. They will be able to identify the pests and develop a treatment plan to get rid of them.

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.