Why a Leaky Faucet Attracts Pests

Can you imagine having an infestation of cockroaches, rodents, or ants in your home (or small business)?

Well, these infestations can occur very easily if your home has any sort of leak.

One of the biggest pest control prevention methods: fix all plumbing leaks.

What Pests Need to Survive

There are dozens of pests that can easily infest your home as long as the conditions are right. Many of these pests (cockroaches, rodents, ants) will look for, and gather around areas with a lot of moisture.

Yes, they all need food, but to put things in perspective — cockroaches can survive months without food, but only a few days without moisture.

Where to Look for Leaks

A leak can occur at any point in your plumbing system.

Therefore, you need to inspect your kitchen sink, dishwasher, refrigerator, laundry room, each bathroom, and any place else where plumbing lines exist.

Check around each fixture for slow drip leaks, rust, and puddles of water on the floor. You should also keep an eye out for brown water stains or black mold spots on walls and ceilings where plumbing lines run through.

What to Do Next?

If your home currently has any leaks, have them repaired immediately. Some leaks can be fixed by replacing small pieces like the washer on a faucet, while others might call for a full replacement of the pipe or fixture.

On a weekly basis moving forward, inspect underneath each sink, around plumbing fixtures, and keep an eye out for mold and mildew to catch leaks before pests take notice.

Something as small as a single leak from your faucet can translate to dozens of pests infesting your home. When you need an infestation managed, don’t be afraid to give us a call!

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