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Keeping Moisture Levels Down In Your Alexander City Home Helps Keep Pests Away

December 17, 2019 - Pest Control

It’s amazing how much something as simple as too much moisture in the air can impact you and your Alexander City home. Some homes have built-in systems that cost thousands of dollars just to keep moisture levels down. This is beneficial in many ways. If your home does not have this built-in feature, however, there are some serious problems you can expect to have. Today, we will be addressing the problems that come with excess moisture and giving you some ways you can combat it.

What Moisture Means For Your Home

Having too much moisture in a home can lead to problems. For one, did you know that one of the biggest attributing factors for pest problems is excess moisture? It’s true. Pests such as cockroaches, silverfish, centipedes, and earwigs thrive in moist environments. 

Moisture can also affect the quality of your home's wood, softening it, given enough time. This encourages pests like termites and carpenter ants to invade. Known for preferring softened water-damaged wood, these pests tunnel their way through homes causing massive amounts of structural damage, over time. 

Did you know that high humidity is the main cause of mold and mildew within homes? That’s right. If your Alexander City home is too humid, mold could begin to grow on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. At first, this may not seem like a huge problem but, given time, mold can become a serious health concern. One specific type of mold, black mold, can cause chronic coughing, sneezing, irritation to eyes, mucus in the nose and throat, chronic fatigue, rashes, and even persistent headaches in those who breathe its fungal spores. This alone should be enough reason to want humidity out of your home.

Why Your Home Has A Moisture Problem

Moisture problems can be caused by a number of things. Many heating appliances can raise moisture levels within a home. And when the temperature outside drops, improperly insulated windows, doors, and walls can attribute to rising moisture levels. Sometimes it's just the weather outside that is making everything extra humid.

The Benefits Of Moisture Control

Having low humidity in your home comes with many benefits. For one, it feels more comfortable. Regardless of temperature, high amounts of moisture can make the air feel heavy and wet. These are not conditions you want to live in. Reducing moisture around your home can also reduce heating and cooling costs. As mentioned earlier, moisture can invite pests inside, so keeping things dry deters pests from coming inside. That’s right. You can be more comfortable, keep pests away, and save money all just by changing one factor. It's a no brainer!

Ways To Reduce Moisture Levels

At this point, you are probably wondering, how can I control moisture in my house? Here are some of our suggestions to fight humidity.

  • Fix leaks around your home.
  • Repair any broken exhaust fans.
  • Make sure your home's ventilation is in good working order.
  • Install dehumidifiers around particularly humid areas around your home.
  • Check your gutters and make sure they are properly channeling water away from your home.

What To Do If Moisture Has Driven Pests Inside

If pests have already found their way into your home, we can help. Here at Top Gun, we have the tools and experience to rid your home of pests. While you work on lowering the humidity levels, we can set in place a protective treatment barrier that will deter pests. It’s a win-win. To learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services, or to schedule pest control services for your Alexander City property, give us a call today.