How much moisture a house or apartment has often corresponds to how much it serves as a home to pests. In fact, keeping places like attics and basements relatively dry is one of the best ways to combat nearly every single type of pest. So with the Fall coming up, will that raise or lower your moisture levels? Here is how the chillier weather affects humidity and what you need to know about moisture to keep yourself pest free.
In some ways, Fall weather can increase your humidity, and in other ways it does the reverse. For instance, the cold can dry up an area because when cold air from the outside hits warm air, it will try to reach equilibrium by sucking the water out of our lips and skin. That’s why we sometimes feel chapped in the cold. On the other hand, even though the cold air decreases the humidity in our skin, it also can add to the humidity on things like metal pipes. Since the air can only hold so much of the water vapor that it sucked up to achieve equilibrium, it usually deposits that water in certain places in the form of condensation.
Condensation is actually more attractive to pests, because it pools the water droplets all in one spot, making it easier for them to find places to drink. So if you think that the dry air that comes in the Fall means that you won’t have to worry about pests being able to thrive in your house, you're mistaken.
Luckily, there are easy ways to keep the moisture in the places you want it, like your skin, and away from the place you don't want it, like your basement. The best way to do this is to make sure your house is sealed and insulated. You don’t want any frigid air coming inside. Also, if you can, try setting up a humidifier in your living room and a dehumidifier in your basement to keep the air you breath moist and areas where pests may be crawling dry.
Humidity and pests are pretty similar. They can both destroy property, they can both decrease sanitation, and you want them both out of your house. Fortunately, by taking care of high moisture levels in your home, you’ve already taken a big step towards sending pests packing. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Orange Environmental today .