When to Install
As mentioned above, any in-wall pest control system has to be installed when the home, office or other structure is under construction, but they can also be retrofitted when extensive renovation is taking place. If they aren’t put in place during these times of opportunity then the systems can be cost prohibitive. They’re really only ever an option to consider very early on in the planning or at the latest the construction process. This is particularly true if you live in a pest-prone area or you worry about infestations. In-wall systems do provide peace of mind as they work and they will help to cut down on future costs.
The ins-and-outs of the system
In-wall pest control systems are installed before the drywall goes up. A network of tubing connected to an outdoor service port is installed throughout the walls of the home. The tubing is perforated so that pest-killing chemicals can be distributed through the outside port into the inner walls. In most cases, the pest control company that installs the system also pretreats the interior walls to block pests.
After construction is complete, a service technician will show up at regular intervals - usually twice a year to quarterly - to apply a pest control treatment through the port. Because the port is outdoors, the technician never has to enter the home.
Working In The Background
Homeowners who opt for in-wall pest tubes appreciate the convenience. They don’t have to vacate the house for pest control treatment. They can’t smell the chemicals, and there’s no danger to children or pets. And, of course, the obvious benefit is that pest problems are controlled before they become severe. The technicians can get to the pests where they live, which traditional pest control methods can’t do as effectively.
Are There Any Downsides?
Though not as annoying or off-putting as some approaches to pest control the approaches used by in-wall pest tubes are not perfect and do not deliver a total solution. To be fair there is no product on the market that can guarantee an approach that will eliminate 100 percent of pests, there’s just too much of a chance that a few will get away. If history has proven anything it’s that’s all any pest needs for the population to bloom once again is a few survivors. Either that, or after time some new critters find the comfort of your home just too much to ignore. Please don’t misunderstand, in-wall approaches are effective when correctly installed and maintained. Yet, don’t expect to be totally insect or rodent free, don’t think that you will never to see an ant, spider or rat again, because, when it wants to, nature always finds a way.
Things to Think About
The majority of systems that people have installed are room focused, and don’t cover the entirety of the property. Not only would an entire building system be expensive, it is essentially not needed. Any tunes need to be installed in areas where pests are most likely to become a problem, I am sure you can already pin-point where the best place in-wall systems can be built. That’s right, in kitchens, food storage areas, around doorways, and major plumbing hubs. These areas are the most likely to attract pests that will do a lot of damage to your home if you don’t take them on, and what better way is there than doing so right from the offset, before your property is even complete!
There’s every chance you will still need to get down to organizing and implementing some indoor treatment. This is especially true if a pest issue comes into your home and sets up residence in a area of the home not covered by your in-wall system. It’s not unusual to need to attend to pests that navigate past, or intrude onto your property, where the in-wall method either fails or doesn’t pass. As mentioned above, no approach to keeping critters out is ever going to be 100% affective, please always keep that in mind. It is always best to think of any one pest-control approach as one of many layers of defense against unwanted guests.
As seasoned shoppers we know not to pick up and buy the first version of the item we need, we make sure to shop around, compare prices, warranties and other such essentials that ensure a solid purchase. This, as with anything, is also true of pest control as not all companies are alike.
Please, always, thoroughly research any company that you are thinking of hiring for this very important job. The vast majority of companies are honest and reputable, and this is also true of the pest control industry, but that doesn’t mean that every single operator within this field are as honest as we’d like them to be. Some companies are constantly inundated with complaints about poor or even useless service.
Choosing a company that has built a solid reputation and has consistently shown itself to be a deliverer of dependable services makes all the difference when it comes to value, reliability and trustworthiness.
Always read online feedback, always ask friends and associates, and be sure to read up and be informed. Don’t be fooled into thinking every single service provider is the same.
What Are The Costs?
Costs obviously vary due to many factors; where you live being one of them. A hot humid climate will demand more investment, a cold dry climate less. Why? Because there will be less pests! The costs will also be affected by the size of your property and how much in-wall you want.
Research has shown that on average the majority of systems cost around $300-$500 to install during the property build or a renovation. Outside of this the prices are considerably more.
Add another $100 per visit for service calls on top of this and so a penciled in annual budget of $200-$400 would cover that angle of the in-wall approach. This is very much in line with the prices you would have to pay for any professional pest control call out.
Warranties, Savings, Free Services
In order to save on any possible future costs always employ the services of a company that provides a watertight warranty on any work. It is also a great idea to find a company that offers free additional indoor / outdoor top up or extra treatments when needed. Any reliable company worth its salt will do this.
One really very important thing to know very clearly about in-wall pest tubes is this: They are not -- in any way or form -- drenching your walls with anything nasty. Some people have come to see in-wall pest control technology as some kind of chemical soup. There is no over the top application of chemicals, your property will not be a pesticide hell.
Any chemicals that are applied are done so in extremely small amounts that are carefully, and scientifically proven to be effective at the dosage applied. Also, any time chemicals are used they are placed at very strategic points within the system through extremely small openings in the tubes. Don’t imagine a torrent of liquid being released throughout your home, see it as it is, a very controlled approach.
At the end of the day, of course any investment you make in pest defense is entirely up to you. Yet, as you do with any purchase, always take your time to assess the pros and cons of an in-wall pest control system before you move forwards. The timing of when it is installed will play a major part in any decision.
Stay away from those companies who threaten insect Armageddon if you don’t install their system, and who try to push you into the fear zone. Also, don’t just listen to and pick up on the bad experiences from other homeowners. Don’t be too easily convinced that in-wall systems are just a gimmick: They’re not. Installed properly and maintained correctly they can be a great part of your layered defense against pests. Do the research and always come to your own conclusions.
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