Nobody likes dealing with leaky pipes at home! It wastes water, balloon up your monthly water bills as well as creates mess everywhere. But, did you know that leaky pipes nuisance and pest problems actually have a lot more in common than you ever imagine.
When it comes to your home water plumbing system, there’s a link between leaky pipes and household pests invasion in your home.
How do plumbing leaks attract household pests?
Like humans, sneaky household pests such as cockroach and ants will go wherever there is water to survive. On other hand, excess moisture which derives from plumbing leaks will provide perfect living environment for pest such as termites – since moisture is one of basic thing that they need in order to survive. Read more to know which household pests that are invited by the plumbing leaks in your your home?
With the sweltering heat and dry weather, you may face stray ants wandering into your homes in search for moisture and water. Although ants may get most of the water they need through the food they eat, some ants may soon face dehydration during times of dry climate.
If you have a leaky pipe at home: the supply of moisture attracts these active ants into your homes to forage for more. Besides water, any food crumbs, oil stains or sugary stuff left behind not cleaned up are all attractive food sources for ants.
Furthermore you may have the high potential to also attract a very troublesome and damaging type of ant species- the carpenter ants. If you have a leaky pipe leading near to any of your wooden items, dampened wood attracts carpenter ants.
Carpenter ants are capable of hollowing out wood just to build their nests in there. Leaky pipes and areas with high moisture are highly attractive for these ants. Be careful not to get confused between carpenter ants with termites, both which are wood-damaging pests.
You probably didn’t know if cockroaches will die without water for a mere 1 week. Yet they can survive without food for up to 1 month!
If you have a leaky pipe at home: that is a sure way of getting cockroaches to decide in your favor to share the house together for now they have a steady source of water to drink. And if that is not intimidating enough, you should also know that cockroach eggs hatch in less than a month and a nymph can become a fully grown adult in less than 6 weeks!
Check and clean hard to reach areas such as behind cupboards or refrigerator to prevent the start of breeding. An area under the sink is also a hot spot. If you notice a strong, pungent musty odour, this could be a sign of cockroach infestation.
You would have heard many times when mothers nag at you for wetting the wooden cabinets at home. The reason they would say is ‘white ants’. What exactly are these white ants and why would damp wooden stuff at home result in them?
It is true in a way of what mothers say about wet cabinets and white ants. They do attract termites (white ants) to come and feed on them. And in good judgment, it is wiser to keep your wooden cabinets and drawers dry and crisp.
If you have a leaky pipe at home: structures around these become wet and provide termites sources of water. Well known to invade ceilings, windows, door frames and wall panels, they can consume beyond timber, attacking any cellulose material.
Differentiating between the 2 most common types of termite species in Indonesia is important to get the right type of treatment done. In Indonesia, there are the drywood termite and subterranean termite species.
Drywood termite is usually brown in color, feeds and expands its nest most likely within a piece of wooden furniture. On the other hand, the subterranean termite nests in underground soil with a much larger colony. They built mud tubes to travel around to the food source, bringing back food for its termite Queen.
Typical signs of drywood termite include damaged door frames, kitchen cabinets and bedroom wardrobe. Whereas typical signs of the subterranean termite include mud tubes built on wall, concrete, skirting, flooring and baseboards. Drywood termites create “saw dust” surface which is actually their droppings. Subterranean termites cause wood damages such as blisters and hollow sounding wood pieces.
It’s a good idea to have all your plumbing leaks fixed and make sure all your pipes are in finest condition. Likewise, contact reliable Pest Control Company near you to ensure there are no sneaky pests which make use of existing plumbing problems to crawl into your house.
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