If you have a basement, you know they are a very useful and versatile way to add space and functionality to your home. You can use your basement for storage, an extra living space or really whatever you want.
The problem, however, is that most basements are darker, colder and damper, which means they are the perfect environment for bugs to set up their own homes. It can get even worse in winter, when outside temps plummet and bugs are looking for a warm place to ride out the season. Here are some ways to keep your basement from getting too creepy crawly this winter.
Clean the Clutter
Bugs love clutter. Not only does it give them plenty of places to hide, it also provides them with a ready source for food and building materials. The best way to get rid of these unwanted visitors is take away anyplace they would hide. So, get rid of those boxes, clean up the trash and get rid of the dark nooks and crannies that pests love so much.
Install a Dehumidifier
Most bugs thrive in moist places, and no doubt the most humid place in your entire house is the basement. Installing a dehumidifier will dry out your basement air, making it less of a bug-friendly environment. In addition, the drier air will actually make your basement feel warmer and cozier, turning it into a more desirable space for your family.
Use Sticky Traps
If you have already noticed a problem, then there are things you can do now to start alleviating the infestation. The first tip is to use bug traps, like flypaper or roach motels. These traps won’t take care of a huge invasion, but if you only have a small problem they can help to reduce bug numbers quickly.
Use a Fogger
If you have a larger bug problem, then you might need to take more drastic measures. Bug foggers can take care of even larger problems by infiltrating all the small cracks and crevices bugs like to hide. Use a fogger to infiltrate these spots and deal with them.
If you are looking for more tips and help to make your basement pest-free, it might be time to call in the professionals. Contact us at Pest Bear today to set up an appointment.