Posted on: 19 October 2020
When it gets rainy, moist, and humid outside, more homeowners start to struggle with pest invasions. A wide array of pests, from cockroaches to rats, like moisture. However, infestations are not inevitable during wet seasons. Here are a few pest control techniques you can use to help keep your home pest-free at these times.
Make sure your gutters are clear.
If your gutters are blocked, water will pool inside of them. The pooling water is a great place for mosquitoes to breed. Water will also flow over the sides of plugged gutters, making the garden beds below extra-moist. Then, earwigs, cockroaches, and various species of beetles may invade your garden beds, and they don't have to travel too far from the garden beds to enter your actual home. Keep your gutters clear, and you should see a lot fewer pests.
Install a dehumidifier in your basement.
Even if there are not any holes or cracks in your basement walls, your basement may become moist when it's wet outside simply because the moisture cannot evaporate well. A moist basement is very inviting for pests like termites, carpenter ants, and roaches. Plug in a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air, and you should have fewer pest problems. If you get a portable dehumidifier, make sure you check and empty the water collection compartment often.
Put away any wheelbarrows or buckets.
If you have any wheelbarrows, buckets, old tires, or other items that could collect water in your backyard, take the time to put them away in a garage or shed. Or at least turn them over so they can no longer collect water. Stagnant water sitting in these items can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It also gives larger pests like rats and mice a spot to drink. You do not want to provide a water source for these pests, or else your home will soon become their shelter.
Keep your windows closed.
Try to avoid opening your windows during the rainy season, even on days when it's not raining. Use your HVAC system for ventilation and airflow. With so many pests floating around during the rainy season, you don't want to risk having some find their way in through an open window.
Rainy seasons are key times for pest invasion, but with the tips above, you can keep the pests outside where they belong. For more information about pest control, contact a local pest service.Share