How can I keep bugs and toads from invading my basement? The basement
is an insect graveyard and a stomping ground for toads. There is
usually one or two toads feasting on the bugs and worse, the toads
leave droppings. Should I get the perimeter of the basement sprayed
for bugs or should I run the dehumidifier every 24 hours? The basement
walls and ceiling are finished but the floor is painted cement. I
don't think the basement is too damp, however, it is a basement and
sometimes it smells moldy. Even if it is too damp what can I do?
On 25 Nov 2003 09:34:11 -0800, email@example.com (Tom) wrote:
Check your gutters, downspouts, and grading for proper drainage.
Clean out debris and items around the foundation to help keep it dry.
Check for seepage or leaky pipes. A dehumifier and/or insecticide is
just treating the symptom, although it may help.
When I worked for a large semiconductor house in Dallas we had a dirt
floor basement in one of the older buildings. I never saw anything that
moved down there. The list of organometalics that were dumped there in
years past was huge. It took care of the insect nd rodent problem.
There was a plan afoot to tear down this early building and rebuild. I
pointed out the problem, and that once they dug they'd need to determine
the contamination level. I suspect it would become their own Super Fund
Site, not a good thing. A couple of years ago they abandoned rebuilding
plans and moved in a bunch of functionaries to occupy the building.
No bugs or rodents though.
:) Should I get the perimeter of the basement sprayed
:) for bugs or should I run the dehumidifier every 24 hours? The basement
:) walls and ceiling are finished but the floor is painted cement. I
:) don't think the basement is too damp, however, it is a basement and
:) sometimes it smells moldy. Even if it is too damp what can I do?
Depending on what insects you have may determine the treatment for them.
Cutting down the moisture definitely won't hurt, so that might be where to
firstname.lastname@example.org (mark Ransley) wrote in message
Hmm . . . I doubt I have holes in the walls. I'd probably have mud
slides and severe water issues. I don't have a cover on my sump pit. A
drain runs from the pit about 100ft to a river. Maybe they take a
journey. I'll cover the pit.
If only I could find some toxic waste in 55 gallon drums then I'd bury
the barrells around the perimeter of the house. That's a great idea!
That would take care of the weeds too.
Hedge balls. Just place several in your basement, and the boxelder bugs
and spiders are gone.....they don't smell, and you can pick them up free
along the roads...at least in southern Iowa and Missouri
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