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The Link Between Humidity and Pest Control In Your Home

The Link Between Humidity and Pest Control In Your Home

Climate change is not just a buzzword to use to attract attention on social media. The evidence is plain to see. The current weather conditions in Richmond, VA are startling when compared with the conditions 10 years ago. With the soft winds and high humidity prevailing in the area, you are likely to experience a higher incidence of pest infestation. This post will help you see how this happens and what you can do about it.

Humidity and pest infestation

stink bug control


In the midst of a hot and humid summer there are pests that thrive off moisture. Most people tend to severely dislike humidity, but some pests love it. This can create an additional problem if you are already facing moisture issues within your home or building. Perimeter pests that enter structures due to changes in outside conditions are more often found already dead due to a lack of moisture. These moisture-loving pests are normally found in dark, damp areas around foundations where they hide in moist soil, mulch and leaf litter, usually feeding on decaying vegetation. They don’t want to be inside, they were just hoping to find better conditions. Unless a site is very damp, most of these invaders don’t have much of a chance of surviving more than a few days. The odds of finding the right conditions for reproduction indoors are slim although possible, depending on the species.

Pests that love moisture

Mosquito Control

There are several pests you are likely to find in your home if the level of humidity goes up. They include silverfish, some species of spiders, termites, and mosquitoes, just to mention a few. While all the ones mentioned here are pretty much only a nuisance, mosquitoes are a health threat. Here’s more about mosquitoes in humid conditions.


We couldn’t write about pests that love moisture and not mention the mosquito. These pests are the biggest nuisance around, and they love to torment us with their incessant biting. Mosquitoes can breed in water as shallow as one inch, so make sure you have no standing water anywhere in your home or around your property. Strategically spraying for mosquitoes is the only way to get rid of mosquitoes. DIY methods don’t do much in deterring them from your home and yard. Pest professionals are aware of when, where, how much to spray for mosquitoes.