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Indoor Air Quality Problems: Bugs, Critters And Spiderwebs.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Mon, Sep 09, 2013 @ 03:49 PM

Got Any Of These? Rodents, Insects, Pests, Cobwebs, and Spiderwebs.

They all are 'red flags' and are indicators about the performance of your home. You don’t have to live with them and you shouldn’t. H&H Plumbing & Heating specializes in identifying problmes and then solving them. You’re probably wasting energy and living in less thanSpiderwebs ideal health conditions having an impact on your indoor air quality.

Summer time is a great time to visually inspect your home to see if any of these conditions are apparent.  If you notice any of these conditions then you will be very interested in the following information and practical steps you can take to reduce their impact on your living areas.

Pests: Infestations of cockroaches, dust mites, mice and rats can all cause allergic reactions.  Even after the pests are gone, their skin, hair and feces can remain and can trigger allergic reactions. Making a home pest-resistant produces a healthier home in two ways:  it reduces exposure to allergens and asthma triggers released by the pests, and it can reduce the amount of pesticides used by the occupants.

Design and construct the building so it’s easy for people to keep pests from colonizing. Take the following steps:

Make it hard for pests to get in by sealing the walls, ceilings, roofs and foundations.

If they do get in, make it hard for pests to move around unseen by sealing passages through interior floors, walls and ceilings and kick spaces.

Keeping Them Out: Keep pests out by changing the surrounding landscape and by blocking entries and passages. Reduce food and water availability. Keep bushes and trees at least 3 feet from homes. Bushes and trees near a home provide food, a living place and sheltered passage for pests such as rats, mice, bats, birds, roaches and ants. Seal utility openings and joints between materials. Use corrosion-proof materials such as copper or stainless steel mesh.  Rodents can chew through many materials and squeeze through tiny openings.

Reducing Food and Water: Provide places to store food that are dry and ventilated. Provide a place to store trash and to facilitate recycling. Design and construct the home to be dry and to dry if and when it gets wet. Do not install carpet in areas prone to get wet: bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, entryways and basements. In the Northeast, dust mites do not generally colonize buildings because buildings are too dry for much of the year. They colonize bedding, stuffed animals and favorite chairs because we humidify these things with our bodies. Control is by washing these items in hot water (greater than 130° F), which kills the mites and washes away allergens.

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Tags: Indoor Air Problems, Pests, IAQ, Health Threats