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pest-control-nyc-basement-5A huge variety of bugs like to get inside your house and wreak havoc on your sanity. No area of your house is safe, whether it’s your living room, bathroom, or kitchen. Some of them will even get inside the walls, making them very difficult to find.


The basement is another area to be concerned with. A number of insects love that area of your house. Today, we’ll take a look at why they like it so much and what you can do to lessen their numbers.


Pest control NYC: the dark, damp basement


One reason why certain insects will try to get into your basement is due to the moisture and darkness inside. Cockroaches, for example, crave areas with low lighting. That’s why they hide behind boxes and under your refrigerator. Unless you have a finished basement, this is the perfect place for these disgusting critters to call home. Plus, there’s something to be said about the moisture to be found here. If your basement is damp, this means there’s a good water supply that the insects can use. The bottom line is that the environmental conditions of your basement make it very attractive for some types of bugs.


Pest control NYC: all that tasty wood


This goes with a pair of insects that some homeowners are, unfortunately, very familiar with. The first is termites, which seek out your basement because not only is it dark and damp, but because there’s plenty of wood for them to feed on. If not exterminated in a timely manner, the colony will grow to tens of thousands of individuals, which can cause considerable damage to your house. Due to the sheer size of a colony, the use of a professional pest control company to get rid of them is often necessary. The second creatures that you need to be concerned with because of the wood in your basement are carpenter ants. Although these ants don’t actually eat the wood, they chew through it as they travel. These insects won’t typically cause as much damage as termites, but it’s still something to be aware of.


Pest control NYC: how to protect your basement


If you want to keep insects out of your basement, the first thing you need to do is remove any areas of moisture. This is what draws many of them down there. Without a water supply, most insects won’t see your basement as a viable habitat. The other step to take is to seal any holes that you find, which are being used by the insects to get inside. If these techniques don’t work, and the bugs are getting out of hand, it might be time to call a professional.



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