Leaky basements come with a slew of problems no homeowner wants to face. Thankfully, basement waterproofing is the solution. Most of the consequences of an inadequately waterproofed basement are self-explanatory: mold, rot, and unpleasant smells. But others are not so obvious. Today, we’ll explain why some pests are attracted to moist basements, and how waterproofing can keep them at bay.
What Pests are Drawn to Water, and Why?
The idea of having unwanted pests in your home is inherently unsettling to many people. Even though some of the creatures that are drawn to moist basements are more or less harmless, no one wants to run into the creepy crawlies we’ll be discussing today.
So why are pests drawn to moisture anyway? You might not think about it often, but the truth is that insects, like us, need to drink. The moist environment typical of basements—especially those that haven’t been waterproofed—provides the perfect way for them to get their water. Even without standing water, they can absorb moisture in the air through their skin.
Here are some of the creepy crawlies we’re talking about:
- House centipedes
- Camel crickets
While not technically insects, another category of pests deserves a mention: rodents. If you have a leak coming from an appliance or a wall crack, mice and rats could come to rely on it for their source of drinking water.
Basement Waterproofing Can Help
There are a wide variety of ways that people try to control these pests—from trapping, to poison, to pesticides. But one of the most effective ways is also one that people commonly overlook: basement waterproofing. By cutting off their water source, you can cut down on the populations of these pests dramatically.
Basement waterproofing alone might not completely eliminate your pest problem. For that, you should call a pest control expert. But it is certainly a good start, and it will make your basement less hospitable to these creepy crawlies in the future.
The presence of insects and other pests in your basement is trying to tell you something; in all likelihood, you have a moisture problem. Take action today and have All Aspects Waterproofing waterproof your basement, and enjoy life with fewer unwanted guests in your home.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.