Whether you have a finished basement that is used for recreational purposes or one that is primarily used for storage, the last thing you want to find when you go into your basement is pests. Unfortunately, with temperatures dropping, it is all too common for insects and vermin to think of your basement as a perfect place to take up residence. But don’t worry! We have some simple ways that you can get rid of those undesirable creepy-crawlies.
There are three main things that bugs and other pests look for when they come into your basement: shelter, water, and food. One of the easiest ways to keep them at bay is to remove any of those bug necessities. Food particles and crumbs are often trapped in the fibers of carpeting. Be sure to vacuum regularly to make sure that your floor stays clean.
Insects and other critters may also find nourishment outside of your home, as well. Many bugs feed on leaves and other debris that collect around the perimeter of your home. By removing dead leaves and branches from your home’s perimeter and keeping such debris at least 18 inches away from your foundation, pests will be less likely to see your home as an all night buffet.
Block them out
When it comes to basements, there are many places where pests can find their way inside. The most common entry points for these critters include the following:
- Egress windows / basement windows
- Doors leading outside
- Cracks in your foundation
- Holes from utility cables
- Exposed pipes
Check all of these areas for any openings. Once found, they can be easily sealed with caulk from your local home improvement store.
Moisture is another reason why pests try to get into your basement. If you have a leaky basement, you’re inviting pests and their friends to come back again and again.
If you have leaky pipes, appliances, or broken sump pumps, you should have them fixed immediately. A second way to control the moisture in your basement is by installing a dehumidifier. This will cut down on the moisture in your basement and keep your home more comfortable all year long. Without the proper moisture to keep them comfortable, pests will no longer seek out your basement as their new home.
With over 30 years of basement waterproofing experience, Ameri-Dry offers patented, permanently dry systems that are backed by a full lifetime warranty. For more information about Ameri-Dry and Ameri-Dry Guy, visit ameri-dry.com.
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