How to avoid insect infestations on your building site

  • Kevin Fullerton
  • 5 years ago

There’s a lot to love about summer. The hot weather, beer gardens with seemingly endless supplies of booze, barbecues containing an entire cow’s worth of succulent burgers, and more burnt skin than the ending of the Wicker Man. But when you’re in the middle of constructing a finely-designed building, the summer can present a whole host of problems for builders.

Across the UK, many parts of the country are recording their hottest temperatures ever, and this can lead to numerous creepy crawlies coming out of the woodwork (or brickwork) of your freshly erected property.

Hit by the bug

When you’re constructing a property, the blight of bugs is more problematic. Let’s say a building doesn’t have windows fitted yet, for example. You’ll head home from the site, sleep off the day’s hard work and return to the building to find a parade of swarming bluebottles, aggressive wasps, and moths attaching themselves to your doorframes. In a single night, your building has gone from a luxury build to a hotbed of infestation.

And even more dangerous problems could be just around the corner. Bugs accumulating around your building during the process of construction can cause havoc on your premises, delaying the completion of buildings and potentially costing you thousands of pounds.

Avoid nest trouble

Let’s take the violent wasp as an example. Although male worker wasps become more aggressive in the summer, they’ve got a nasty habit of trying to sting anyone in their vicinity at any point in the year.

Wasp nests proliferate in the summer, and building sites are a prime location for them. They create their nests from chewed pulp and saliva, and choose sheltered spots with simple access to the outside world (much like a windowless house or any other unfinished building). At the height of summer, you’ll find them in wall cavities, roof spaces, or even in sheds or garages.

If a wasp nest affects your site, you could spend days waiting for extermination specialists to make your building habitable again. After all, few labourers will continue their work when there’s a high chance of being stung, and health and safety officials wouldn’t allow it.

How to avoid infection

It’s a risk on building sites that’s seldom considered. But when wasps start infesting your property (or ant colonies and termites and spiders) the long-lasting damage to your finances could be critical.

So this summer it’s time to make sure you’re kitted up with a few health and safety measures that’ll ward off bugs. Bug repellent is the most obvious option. Spray it anywhere you feel your building might compromised by an infestation, and let your staff do the same.

If your employees suffer from any allergies, especially if that allergy concerns wasp stings, ensure they are protected at all times, either through clothing or by avoiding potentially bug-infested areas.

And if an infestation does hit your build, contact a specialist who can deal with it and ensure there are no signs of the bugs left. Keep these things in mind and you’ll seldom have to worry about creepy crawlies infecting your expertly crafted building.