In the summer we emerge from hiding indoors to celebrate the warmer months with picnics in the yard, backyard barbeques and pool parties. Summer is also the time many pests come out of hiding as well. Pests like wasps, mosquitoes, ants, and centipedes are more active in the summer than in other months. Before these pests ruin your summer fun, uncover what creepy crawlies may be living under your home this summer and how to protect your home from invasion.
In addition to the creepy-crawly factor, pests that make their way indoors can also cause damage to a home’s interior. To protect from different types of pests all year, you need to reduce moisture and insulate your home’s basement or crawl space. For Indiana residents, waterproofing these areas and improving drainage around your home will help keep your interior spaces dry, healthy, and pest-free.
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Pests come inside looking for food, water and shelter. The moisture that lurks in walls, crawl spaces, foundations, and basements attracts pests indoors. According to pest control companies, pests are also influenced by the changing seasons, becoming more or less active throughout the year. That’s why it’s important to understand what kind of pests are impacting homeowners in your area during different seasons and how to prevent them from coming inside.
In the spring and summer months, ants, moths, bees, silverfish and, centipedes are more active. For Indiana homeowners, that can mean an uptick of ants and other pests found inside the home, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements where standing water hides. Also active in the spring are fleas, ticks and termites – each a creepy crawly you don’t want to welcome within your walls.
In the fall, homeowners must protect their interior spaces from an increase in pesky spiders, crickets, and flies. Crickets are attracted to the dampness found in basements and crawl spaces and can kick up a racket when they make themselves at home. Winter months bring more rodents in from the cold, including mice and rats – as well as an uptick in roaches and bed bugs. Each of these pests can cause major damage and headaches. To protect your home from pests like these, consider these simple methods to reduce their entry points and make your home less hospitable.
Stopping pests from coming inside
Seal openings from outdoors into the home, including cracks in the home’s foundation and walls. This includes sealing around windows and doors to ensure no daylight is visible and adding rubber trim. Be sure to cover up open crawl space vents along with encapsulating the crawl space to properly seal it from outdoor nuisances like bugs and rodents, not to mention outside air and water. Scheduling regular home foundation and HVAC inspections to ensure these areas are sealed off and don’t allow pests to enter and exit your home is also a good idea.
Protecting your basement and crawl spaces
Installing a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in your home, including in your basement or crawl space, can dramatically reduce the presence of pests inside. Remember, pests like ants, rodents, and even biting insects are attracted to new water sources, especially in the dry summer months. Moisture and standing water are some of the major enticements to pests looking for respite from the summer sun. Waterproofing your basement or crawl space, adding sump pumps and installing dehumidifiers can help reduce the moisture in your home. Cleaning gutters regularly and ensuring water flows away from your home when it rains can reduce water leaks inside the home and the pests that come with them.
Removing pests from inside the home
Once inside, pests can ruin furnishings and interior building materials. They can also make life generally unbearable! If you find pests inside the home, make sure to read directions carefully before using bait or pesticides. Sticky bug traps are a good solution for capturing and removing crickets, and you can even try a few DIY mouse trap options to help rid your basement of rodents. To find snakes hiding in cool, dark places indoors, you can attract them by placing a damp towel covered by a dry towel against the wall. If you are looking to remove stinging insects, including hornet’s nests from roofs and patios, it’s best to contact a professional exterminator for help.
What should you do next?
For a permanent solution that will lock out water and moisture and prevent conditions that tempt bugs and pests to come inside your home, trust your basement waterproofing, foundation repair, and crawl space repair needs to Indiana Foundation Service. Our basement waterproofing solutions, including interior drainage, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers, will keep your home dry, healthy, and unattractive to unnerving crawling creatures.
Our crawl space systems – waterproofing, vapor barrier, and insulation – function the same way. In addition, our CrawlSeal™ vapor barrier and ExTremeBloc™ rigid insulation panels are treated to resist pests like termites and enable easier inspection from pest control experts. While we do not rid your home of these creepy crawlers, we can prevent them from finding their way back inside and destroying your living environment.
Learn how we can help you create a safe, stable, dry, healthy, pest-free home you’ll enjoy for many years to come. Contact us today to take advantage of a free inspection and estimate with our basement and crawl space experts!