With heavy rain you might notice an increase in insects in and around your house? Are you wondering where they’ve come from? A plumbing issue could be the culprit – all sorts of insects are attracted to plumbing that is not maintained. It is important that you prioritize plumbing maintenance to stop them taking up residence in your house.
So what insects are the top offenders?
Drain flies are attracted to “decomposing organic matter” which can be found in common drains like sinks, garbage disposals, showers and dirty drains. These drain flies lay eggs in the organic matter. Once they hatch, they eat microbiological organisms which are often found in that matter. If you're plumbing system is healthy, you should not see them. However, if you are seeing them around your drains, it might be time to have your drain checked and cleaned.
These pernicious little creatures are attracted to damp wood. This makes regular plumbing maintenance a must for the owners of older properties.
If your hot water system is in the ceiling cavity, be sure to check for leaks regularly. Leaking water from the hot water system can drip into the walls, or into you roof structure causing the wood to become damp and potentially attractive to termites. It is also important to ensure that sprinklers and irrigation systems outside aren’t leaking and causing water to pool under your home causing damp around structural pilings. A yearly check-up of all your plumbing inside and out could save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Another plumbing problem which can encourage infestation is blocked gutters and downpipes. When this happens, water pools in unexpected places and can seep into eaves and joists. Clogged gutters and downpipes also attract a range of other insects, spiders and mosquito larvae are attracted to the rotting leaves and twigs. It is important to clean and maintain gutters and downpipes regularly.
Cockroaches and Ants
Leaking kitchen and bathroom sinks can attract cockroaches, ants and flies. Cracks, loose joints or incorrectly installed fittings can cause leaks allowing particles of food, toothpaste and waste escape. These particles attract these insects, so it is important to ensure your systems are installed correctly and maintained effectively to avoid this. Getting your plumbing installed professionally is a good choice to make sure these pests don’t become a problem.
Mosquitos and Toads
When garden taps leak, there are more pests to consider. Dripping water can cause foundation damage and termites, fix leaks as soon as you notice them! Putting a container under a drip can only be a short-term solution, a stagnant pool of water can attract pests such as toads and mosquitos. It is very important to ensure that outdoor plumbing is well maintained and that you have adequate drainage around your property to allow all rain water to escape quickly.