An overly humid environment is not a good thing for a range of reasons. Too much humidity can be extremely uncomfortable, as anyone who’s spent extensive amounts of time in hot, muggy weather already knows. Excess humidity also isn’t great for your indoor air quality, as it will cause mildew and mold to grow, and when mold spores get into your air, they can have serious repercussions for your health. Too much humidity can even increase your energy bills, as it will force your HVAC system to work harder, and may even cause metal to rust and wooden furniture to dry out faster. However, there’s another reason to talk about the importance of reducing humidity in your home that you may not know about: pests.
Many pests thrive in dark, dank, humid environments. Where there is too much humidity, there is usually too much water, which can attract insects like termites, cockroaches, and mosquitoes. Plus, there are the funky odors high humidity levels usually bring. In addition to these smells creating an unpleasant environment for your family, they may also entice rodents, which are naturally drawn to foul-smelling areas. Bottom line: the more humid it is in your house, the more likely you are to end up with a pest problem on your hands.
So what can you do to reduce humidity exactly? First thing’s first: it’s important to know the parts of your home that are most likely to attract pests. These include places like the attic, basement, and crawlspace. Again, the darkness and dankness of these areas is already likely to draw pests in, and when you add water and humidity, you’ve got a perfect storm on your hands. Keep reading to learn more about how you can reduce humidity levels in key locations throughout your house, and remember that for all your residential pest control and treatment needs, you can always count on our experienced experts at Frame’s Pest Control.
How to Reduce Humidity in Your Attic, Basement & Crawlspace
- Use Fans: As simple as this solution probably sounds, using fans is a great way to increase circulation in parts of your home where the air is more likely to become stale and stagnant. To dry out areas like your attic, basement, and crawlspace, all you should need is a few small box fans. You don’t have to keep these devices running all the time, just make sure to buy fans that are big enough for the space they have to cover and powerful enough to be effective over a sustained period of time.
- Put Down Sandbags: Sandbags may not reduce humidity itself, but they are a great way to prevent too much moisture from accumulating—and as we all know, where there is too much moisture, there is too much humidity. Place a few sandbags in attics, crawlspaces, and basements, focusing on drainage systems in these latter two areas, as this is where unwanted water is likely to come from.
- Call a Professional for Exclusion/Encapsulation: The final thing you can do to ensure that unwanted critters will not take up residence in your home is to call professionals like our skilled technicians at Frame’s Pest Control for exclusion/encapsulation services. Increasingly, one of the most popular ways to keep pests out of the home is by sealing entryways, thereby “excluding” pests from getting into your property. However, with encapsulation service, we may also be able to prevent excess water from leaking into your home, thereby reducing the presence of pests in your house, while also helping to strengthen indoor air quality, protect your furniture/HVAC equipment, and decrease allergy and asthma symptoms for people in your household.
Don’t neglect your family’s health—pests like roaches are extremely bad for your air quality and contribute to an unsanitary environment! For more information on how to cut down on humidity levels and prevent infestations, contact us online, or call (800) 954-5724 to schedule service today.