PUBLISHED ON February 28th, 2011
Most homeowners realize the damage water can do in the form of mold, mildew and wood rot, but few people also consider the fact that moisture can also attract pests into their homes. Termites, cockroaches and many other unpleasant home invaders love damp, cool climates. In the winter, this means they will be attracted to homes with moisture control problems.
Moisture control is an important aspect of preventive pest control. In order to make your home less appealing to indoor pests, here are a few moisture-related pest prevention measures you can take:
Structural and decorative wood that is in direct contact with the ground has a much higher chance of attracting termites and other pests. Support posts, lattice work and any other wood that sticks directly into the ground will suck up moisture and become a magnet for wood-boring insects. Keep the wood-to-ground contact to a minimum, opting for concrete whenever possible.
Another important pest prevention tactic is to direct gutters and downspouts as far away from your house as possible. This reduces the amount of groundwater around your foundation, limiting the amount of water that will seep into your home.
Due to their naturally high moisture content, crawl spaces are breeding grounds for pests. While most building codes call for at least a foot of ventilation area, not every home is up to code. Make sure your home’s crawl space has plenty of ventilation.
Preventing excess moisture buildup isn’t always a DIY venture. If you are unsure where to start, or don’t feel comfortable with your skill level, it’s probably a good idea to call a professional pest control company.