Hello again from A.N.T.T.S = A North Texas Termite Specialist Do not let our name fool you we have experience in every pest control problem out there. There is nothing we have not seen yet ? What we would like to talk about in this post is the potential pest problems found when doing home remodeling! Around this time every year when school starts and the holidays getting closer Dallas / Fort Worth homeowners start to do their fall renovations. This is when people open up walls, tear up shower tiles and expose areas that are not always accessible to them any other time of the year. This is also the best time to treat for these pest. Signs to look for while walls, tub & showers are open is chewed wires from rodents also rodent and roach droppings. With wood destroying insects you will see sawdust from carpenter ants, mud tubes and secretions from subterranean termites (most common in the DFW area ). When termites get under a shower pan and find their way to the studs around the shower stall this is a critical time to treat them and save from costly tile repair later. If termites hit under the shower pan and you are not in the middle of a remodel sometimes we have to either drill through the pan or have a tile guy come out and chip up the tile for us to access the pipe entry so we can treat. Doing this as a preventive measure is always in your best interest. When dealing with rodents and roaches with open walls is not as critical but is the best way to hit them where they live ensuring great results down the road. As they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! So next time the good people of Dallas & Fort Worth are doing your fall home renovations you may want to think about pest control while you have your walls and bathroom shower open! If you need to you can email us with a photo for quick identification of you suspect pest. Thanks and keep reading our blog weekly so we can keep you updated with our 25 years of experience in the pest control field and pass on some more tips to you. Thanks again A.N.T.T.S your Dallas / Fort Worth pest control professionals.