The months between May and September are all about long days at the pool, late nights around fire pits, and adventure. As you’re making your way out of your home, the bugs around you are trying to make their way inward. This is especially the case if you have unusually high levels of moisture in your home.
Creepy-crawly pests are not only unpleasant to share a space with, but they can also cause significant damage around your home. If you’re looking for ways to protect your home from these unwanted visitors while you’re enjoying yourself, you’ll want to work with the foundation, crawl space, and basement repair professionals in your area to determine what kind of home repair and waterproofing measures may best suit your needs.
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Pests You May See In Your Home
Some of the most common unwanted insects you may run into if your home is unusually damp include:
- Pillbugs – Also known as roly-polies and sowbugs, these little armored creatures look harmless and tend to curl up if approached. These critters thrive when they have ready access to water, so while they’re not immediately dangerous, they can serve as a barometer for the health of your basement or crawl space.
- Centipedes – Centipedes may look harmless at first glance, but they can compromise your health just as readily as they can make a nuisance of themselves inside of your home. These critters have specialized front legs that can inject you with a painful venom that won’t kill you but that can cause extreme discomfort.
- Millipedes – Millipedes are like centipedes, except longer and with more legs. These creatures are not venomous but can produce a type of fluid along the sides of their bodies that can irritate dogs, cats or other pets who consider them a tasty snack.
- Earwigs – Earwigs are terrifying if small critters to come across in your home. Their fork-like heads distinguish them from the previously mentioned centipedes, but they too thrive when they have ready access to moisture and dark places to live.
- Silverfish – Cousins to the firebrat, another troublemaker in the home, these critters reproduce most effectively when they have access to safe, humid conditions. Once they’ve settled in, they can dig into the fabrics and woods that have gone soft throughout your home.
- Carpenter ants – Carpenter ants will enter your home through the first available crack they find. These critters will readily make a meal of the wooden supports throughout your home, compromising your home’s structural integrity and compromising your overall quality of life.
- Cockroaches – Cockroaches make the worst kind of house guests, as they not only indicate the presence of excessive moisture in your home but also reproduce with frightful speed.
Getting Rid Of Pests In Your Home
If you notice these sorts of pests or others of their like in your home, you’ll want to work quickly to get them back out again. Unfortunately, the foundation, basement, and crawl space repair experts in your area do not specialize in pest removal and will not be able to help you through an infestation if you find yourself dealing with one. They can, however, help you protect your home against future infestations or connect you with the exterminators working throughout Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, and St. Louis, MO.
Preventing Home Infestations
To prevent an infestation of creepy crawlers in the summertime, you can:
- Encapsulate your crawl space
- Close or otherwise seal off the crawl space vents that might let critters indoors
- Clean your HVAC system
- Invest in inspections to make sure your HVAC system doesn’t become a home for unwelcome guests.
- Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in your home
- Clean your gutters
- Waterproof your basement and crawl space
In terms of waterproofing measures, you have a plethora of options that can help you reduce the amount of moisture in your home, thereby reducing the presence of insects. Rigid insulation panels like ExTremeBlock™ or a CrawlSeal™ vapor barrier, for example, can both resist the influence of most types of pests trying to make their way indoors. Sump pumps and interior drains can help remove water from your home if it starts to build up after a summer storm. You’re meant to enjoy your summer. Don’t let creepy crawlers take the best months of the year away from you. While the foundation, crawl space, and basement professionals in your area can’t take care of an infestation for you, they can help you prevent one from rising up in the first place. To explore your home waterproofing options, you can reach out to Foundation Recovery Systems for a home inspection and a free quote on potential services.