“The Southeast had an unusually cold winter with sleet, moisture and snow in unexpected places. Despite the cold, mosquitoes will rebound quickly due to the accumulation of moisture in the region. Expect termites and cockroaches to similarly thrive as it gets warmers”, states Pest World.
Excessive moisture around your home can attract many pests specifically mosquitoes, termites and cockroaches. It can also cause fungi to grow, including wood rot fungus which can lead to severe structural damage.
National Geographic explains that, “All mosquitoes need water to breed, so eradication and population-control efforts usually involve removal or treatment of standing water sources. Insecticide spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is also widespread. However, global efforts to stop the spread of mosquitoes are having little effect, and many scientists think global warming will likely increase their number and range”.
Termites are a concern for homeowners in every state except Alaska. These destructive insects can slowly destroy the structure of a home. A few simple precautions can help prevent this; many of the typical preventive measures involve reducing or eliminating moisture and water near the foundations of the house.
Pestworld.org says that “cockroaches are some of the most adaptable creatures on earth, which makes controlling and eliminating a cockroach infestation all the more difficult. Homeowners should seek out and seal all cracks and holes in homes. Basements and crawl spaces should be kept well ventilated and dry”.
Here are some ways you can reduce the moisture in and around your home to keep the bugs away.
Inside your home:
Outside your home:
Under your home:
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