A waterproofed basement or crawlspace consists of an impervious barrier on the foundation of your house. When a builder first builds the house, it puts the barrier in place, but it erodes over the years. Once the barrier erodes, water seeps into the basement or crawlspace. Once the water starts to seep in, it opens the way for mold and mildew to grow and keeps the home damp.
The cold is setting in. And, you saw a cockroach. Roaches are nocturnal pests for the most part, so if you see one during the day or when you have the lights on, you most likely have a German cockroach infestation. That means it's time to do something about it immediately. Trying to kill them with over-the-counter products rarely works. And, because they usually come out at night, you'll never find all of them before they breed again.
Learning the basics of waterproofing is a smart move for any property owner, particularly those in waterlogged areas. Not only can moisture affect the structure of a building, causing it to weaken due to repeat exposure, it can also encourage anything from mold spores to insects to make themselves at home in your home. These aren't just inconveniences for the property owner, they're serious issues that can take months to resolve. When you know the full range of perils that could come to your home, it should come as no surprise that waterproofing costs are about 1% of the building’s total construction costs and yet can save you up to 90% in water damage repair costs. We’ll look at the types, methods, and materials used to keep moisture at bay.
Getting rid of rodents that decide to make your home their home isn't the easiest thing in the world. However, with some prevention, you can minimize the chances of these pests taking refuge in your home for the fall and winter. Part of rodent control is making sure they have a hard time getting into your home in the first place. Mice and rats come in because they are looking for a warm place, food and water.
With fall just around the corner, it's time to get ready to combat fall insects and other pests. You shouldn't be asking, "What bugs come out in fall?" but instead, ask yourself, "What bugs and rodents do I have to prepare for?" Rodents, German cockroaches, spiders, beetles, and ladybugs are all going to be looking for a warm place where they can find food and water to overwinter.
As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do is make sure your foundation and basement are waterproofed. Waterproofing builds a barrier between your structure and water where it can be severely affected. This creates a dry space or at least one where moisture becomes a problem. Why would you want to waterproof your home?
You have an infestation that you need to eliminate as soon as possible. Unfortunately, most home remedies and over-the-counter termite treatments do not work. This is because they do not get into the termite mounds and termite nests in the home. If you suspect termites, look for their mud tubes, especially in crawlspaces and basements. Termites build mounds and nests in the yard and use the mud tubes to get back and forth from their feeding grounds and your house to their nests.
When you first see signs of termites, you already have an infestation. Termites are attracted to wood structures. Whether you have subterranean termites or another type of this pest, they all do extensive damage to your home. You often do not realize you have an infestation until the damage is extensive.
You might notice that you get bitten by mosquitoes more often than your friend. There's a reason for that. Actually, there could be several reasons for that, including the amount of carbon dioxide you breathe out, certain compounds in your sweat and on your skin, certain types of skin bacteria, the colors you wear – mosquitoes are attracted to black, the temperature of your body and the amount of water vapor you emit. A small study also determined that mosquitoes were attracted by those who drink beer and by those who are pregnant.
Spring and summer mean more barbeques, which means a higher risk of getting bit by mosquitoes. These pests are out all day but are more prevalent at dawn and dusk. You can use sprays and citronella, but those are not a guarantee that you won't get bitten. The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to hire a professional mosquito control company, such as Clint Miller Exterminating, to eliminate these pests.