It's a problem no homeowner wants to face: you're home for the evening hoping to relax with a nice hot bath or shower, and you walk into your bathroom to see a few tiny insects floating in the air. If there is no nearby open window, you might wonder how the critters got this far back into the house. The inconvenience of having to swat or spray could kill the relaxing mood, and now you have to think about calling pest control.
Or, perhaps you need to call a plumber.
That's right. If you live near the beach or marshy areas, you likely have dealt with mosquito problems outside the home. One thing to know about these blood-sucking pests is that they breed in standing water. Eggs hatch and the nymphs grow in the puddles until they are able to fly on their own. If you're not observant, you might discover that adult mosquitos have discovered your septic tank or other damp spots within the plumbing of your house as their new hatchery. Where are the critters coming from? Possibly your drains!
What is the best way to prevent an infestation by way of your pipes? Consult with a professional, licensed plumber and it could be suggested to screen the plumbing vents in your home to keep even the smallest creatures from breaching. If you have no screens applied, make an appointment to have it done. It is also wise to have a plumber check your septic tank to make sure it is bolted and sealed correctly.
The more proactive you are in preventing insects from entering your home through the plumbing, the better protected your house will remain.
Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Norfolk commercial plumbing .