Product Education   |   May 4, 2021

MOISTURE CONTROL EQUALS PEST CONTROL

Santa and Ultra Aire Dehumidifiers

Excess moisture in the home, especially if left unattended, is quite attractive to moisture-loving pests such as cockroaches, ants, wood-boring beetles, rodents, wildlife, and termites. Moisture may be hiding in areas like the crawl space, attic, or basement.

COMMON SOURCES OF MOISTURE IN THE HOME

  • signs of rodent activity including actual sightings, footprints, earthworks and runs, fresh droppings, grease smears, urine trails, gnawing, chewing and any other evidence.
  • Damp basements and crawl spaces
  • Plumbing, flashing, and roof leaks
  • Cooking, showering, and indoor line drying of clothes
  • Humidifiers
  • Improperly vented combustion appliances and clothes dryers
  • Flooding and sewer backups
  • Poorly maintained gutters, downspouts and drains
  • Landscaping and plants that block crawl space vents and drainage systems

BIOLOGICAL POLLUTANTS’ IMPACT ON INDOOR AIR QUALITY

When most people think about what pollutes the air in our homes and workspaces, we think of volatile organic compounds, asbestos, radon, fossil fuels and similar toxins. But did you know biological pollutants that travel through the air and are often invisible can be just as dangerous?

Common indoor biological pollutants:

  • Excrement and body parts from insects
  • Mold and fungal spores
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites

For people with asthma and respiratory problems, indoor air pollutants can aggravate these conditions and make them worse. In addition, depending upon the type of pollutants, the risks for diseases and illnesses can be greater.

EFFECTIVE MOISTURE CONTROL IS KEY TO PEST CONTROL

Fifty percent of the air in the upper levels of homes comes from the basement or crawl space. According to experts, controlling humidity inside the home is essential for comfort, reduced health risks, and property protection. If your customer’s home has a high level of humidity, we first recommend finding the source and taking care of it as soon as possible. Not only will this help prevent the creepy crawling kind of pests, but inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and fungi as well.

Once the moisture source has been determined and fixed, the next step is to install a Santa Fe or Ultra Aire dehumidifier designed to keep the RH at or below the recommended 50% RH. Equipped with the best filtration of any dehumidifier on the market, our premium MERV 13 filters can also remove up to 2 pounds of dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and bacteria from the air in the home over a six-year period.