Why Nasty Critters Love a Wet Basement

Feb 13, 2014

Have you ever felt like your house was a beacon to all sorts of nasty little critters and crawling insects? The problem may actually be in your control to fix, but the issue may not be what you assume.

Many homeowners think that they are attracting bugs and rodents because of food lying about. However, when they make sure their pantries are locked tightly, they don’t necessarily see a difference. What’s occurring in those conditions could be a wet basement.

First, it’s important to realize that a wet basement doesn’t mean a pool in your cellar. In fact, you might not ever notice that you have a wet basement beyond a smell or a little bit of mould growth. That’s because a wet basement isn’t always apparent. Sometimes, all the dampness is between the walls and floorboards. It’s not where you can see it, but it’s where the insects and mice can enjoy it.

As the water begins to work its magic, wood begins to rot, and foundations begin to crumble. All these holes make nice little cozy pockets for your little “friends” to live, breed and thrive. They don’t mind a little mildew; they’re quite content, in fact.

One of the biggest challenges is that as more insects start to nest in your basement, they attract predators. Thus, if you have a problem with ants, spiders won’t be far behind. After all, they see the ants as perfect treats. It’s their food cycle, and your home becomes a smorgasbord.

Mice and rats won’t eat the bugs, but they will love having a safe, warm place to stay and raise their children. Because they’ll be protected from their natural enemies, like birds, snakes and cats, they can begin to build larger families. Your residence turns into a veritable hotel, and they don’t have to pay you one penny to get the most out of it.

Of course, you can take the upper hand in this relationship and ruin the lifestyles of these critters by simply turning your wet basement into a dry one. The severity and scope of your problem, as well as the type of house in which you live, will determine what kind of solution is best for you.

If you’re overrun by creepy crawlies and you’re tired of hearing the pitter-patter of tiny mouse feet in the walls, give a specialist like the Crack Doctor a call to discuss alternatives.

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