Rodents and pests are attracted to dark, damp areas. The moisture created by leaking pipes is the perfect environment for pests to thrive. You can avoid unwanted pests by regularly checking for plumbing leaks. If you’re unsure of where to look or having trouble assessing the damage – give us a call, we can take a look for you. Here’s some helpful insight into plumbing leaks that attract pests…
Where to look for leaks
Unwanted pests aren’t always on account of plumbing leaks, however if you’re constantly noticing pests in your home you may need to check a few key areas for leaks. These include:
- Underneath the fridge
- The waterline of the freezer
- Under the bathroom or kitchen sinks
- Household appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine’s waterline
Pipes may need to be re-sealed, tightened or replaced. Any gaps for bugs to wiggle through will need to be covered up to keep them out. Got a leak in your home? Give us a call on 0400 386 991. Our plumbers are available 24/7 and offer a reliable and trustworthy service for all your plumbing needs.
Pests attracted to moisture
Spiders and mosquitoes
Blocked and clogged gutters attract spiders, mosquitoes and other bugs. Mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs. The nymphs actually need water to survive after they’ve hatched. Water patches around your home or garden are literally a breeding area for pests. Decaying leaves provide nourishment and additional dampness for the pests to flourish. To avoid unwanted pests, keep your gutters clog and leaf free.
Ants can be a problem even in dry areas, but it’s often the moisture that brings them in. They’re attracted to moist areas like sinks and gutters. They tend to live outdoors but enter the home in search of food. Keep your gutters water and foliage free and make sure there are no plumbing leaks welcoming the ants in. Invest in a gutter guard to help manage the issue.
Termites love old, damp, decaying wood. A clogged gutter with damp twigs and/or pieces of wood offers the perfect place for termites to reside. Once again, keep your gutters free from twigs, leaves and water to keep the termites away.