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Common Basement Pests and How to Prevent Them

Many pests or insects thrive in dark and damp areas. As they continue to look for water, food and shelter, they could find their way into your basement, creating a scene straight out of a horror movie. While some pests are plain nuisances, some of them could cause serious structural damage, or even pose health risks. In this post, Bug Works Pest Control Co, the top residential pest control services expert, shares the kind of pests you can find in your basement, and how to prevent it. 

Common Basement Pests and How to Prevent Them

Subterranean Termites

These termites live in underground colonies in which they can easily find their way to your basement. Subterranean termites are mostly active in the soil, eating away at the wood in your basement, which can weaken your home’s structural integrity. They can find a way into your basement through cracks in the foundation, or the slab. It’s also easy for them to enter if you have warm, moist soil. Make sure that you prevent plumbing leaks and control soil moisture to prevent them from wreaking havoc in your home. It’s also a good idea to seal your basement.

Oriental Cockroaches

Pest infestation experts also call these roaches “water bugs”. These are dark brown, or even black insects that measure 1 to 1.25 inches long. They thrive in dark, damp places, such as the basement, or crawl spaces along the drains or faulty water pipes. These unsanitary insects feed on garbage and waste, causing allergic reactions. In fact, they can spread gastroenteritis by contaminating food with bacteria.

How to Eliminate Basement Bugs

Just like most animals, insects need food, water, and shelter to live. Since your basement provides these important elements, you need to eliminate these favorable conditions for them to die out. This means that you’ll need to keep your basement both clean and dry. Dryness is one of the easiest ways to get rid of pests. As such, make sure that sources of leaks, humidity, and moisture are eliminated to reduce the risk of bugs infiltrating your basement.

Bug Works Pest Control Co. has several years of experience in providing pest control services for homes, hospitals, and businesses. We are locally owned and operated, so you can expect a hands-on and personalized approach from us. Call us at 866-918-BUGS or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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