“Don’t go down there!” We’ve all screamed this at the TV at some point in our lives, as the horror movie protagonist inches down the stairs into the dark abyss of the basement against all common sense. Movies have trained us to be wary of basements through jump scares and night vision shots, but it’s not ghosts, slashers, or other monsters that you should be worried about—it’s real life basement pests!
Don’t worry, you won’t need an exorcist to get rid of these common basement pests, just a qualified pest control expert. That’s where we come in, with Integrated Pest Management services that keep your Northeast Atlanta home safe from pests with smart strategies and responsible use of pesticides. Give us a call or head to our contact form to request service.
Top 5 Fall Basement Pests
- Cockroaches – There are several species of cockroaches found in Northeast Atlanta, and they’re all likely to love your basement, especially if you have a lot of clutter, cardboard boxes, or recyclables stored there.
- Silverfish – Much like cockroaches, there’s something about these wriggly insects that really gets to most people. That revulsion makes sense though, because these basement pests aren’t just gross, they can also do real damage to books, clothing, and other items.
- Millipedes – While slightly less off-putting than roaches and silverfish, you won’t be too pleased to come across these long, many-legged invaders in your basement either. Millipedes feed on decaying organic matter, and while they’re mostly just a nuisance, their presence can be a sign of larger pest control or home repair issues.
- Camel crickets – Crickets aren’t so bad, right? Well, if you’ve ever unsuspectingly come across a camel cricket in your basement, you might not agree! These pests aren’t really harmful, but they are pretty unpleasant to look at. In fact, due to their long legs, they may look like huge spiders at first glance. Camel crickets are actually a major food source for spiders, so if you have a camel cricket infestation, more spiders will likely be entering your home to take advantage of the bug buffet.
- Rodents – As temperatures drop in the fall, rats and mice start looking for shelter, and basements are like 5 star hotels to these unwanted guests.
Now that you’re aware of the “usual suspects,” here’s what you really need to know.
How to Prevent Basement Pest Infestations
The common denominator among all of these basement pests is that they love the moisture and humidity your basement provides, as well as the food sources and shelter found there. In order to get rid of these pests or prevent them from moving in altogether, you need to remove those factors.
- Seal any openings where pests or moisture could be entering.
- Reduce humidity with a dehumidifier.
- Identify and fix any leaking pipes.
- Seal any ductwork that could be leaking condensation.
- Do not leave pet food or other food sources lying around. Anything that could be a food source should be placed in airtight containers, including bird seed, unwashed recyclables, etc.
- Call us for residential pest control in Northeast Atlanta. We know these pests and are happy to share our knowledge with you in addition to treating your home with pesticides. Sometimes all it takes is understanding these pests, where they enter and hide, and what they need to live in order to exterminate them and keep new pests from coming in and filing the void.