How to Prevent Insects of All Kinds from Getting in Your Basement

Have a pest problem? There are a few easy solutions to help you keep those creepy crawlers out of your basement and out of your home. Follow these tips to keep your basement bug free!

Check for and Seal Cracks

Sealing any possible entry ways for pests is the best way to prevent them from entering your home. Because they are microscopic, they can enter through some of the smallest entry ways. Try turning off all of the lights and covering all the windows in your basement, see any crack of light getting through? There may be some cracks and crevasses that you aren’t aware of. Seal those cracks with caulk. Pay special attention to areas where plumbing and wires enter.
Examine the outside of your home and windows for any damaged or missing sections of siding. Any sort of crumbling or damaged could lead to gaps. Seal off your doors and windows with screens.

Yard Maintenance Makes a Difference

The condition of your yard will impact how many insects and pests are around your house. Remove any debris from the 2 ft perimeter around your foundation and spray for bugs monthly. Like humans, bugs need water to survive. Avoid any water from pooling up in your yard. Aerate your lawn so that moisture can absorb into your soil instead of collecting on top of your lawn.

Use a Dehumidifier

A warm and moist environment is a breeding grown for bugs, mold, and mildew. Basements tend to be damp because of their proximity to the ground. Try using a dehumidifier in your basement to avoid any stuffiness or dampness and keep the pests away.