Common Laundry Room Pests

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Pests come in all sorts of sizes and can be found in all sorts of locations, but have you ever wondered what kind of pests can be lurking right in your laundry room?  Keep on reading as we tell you which pests to watch out for and how to deal with them!

Believe it or not, whether it be a commercial or residential, a laundry room makes for the perfect place for pests to thrive.  The presence of water lines means that there’s water nearby, there’s plenty of cover for pests to hide thanks to clothes strewn across the floor, and—the best of all—it’s dark for most of the time, meaning pests don’t need to worry about any other potential predators.  Oh, and did we mention that it can be smelly? Yes, it’s an unfortunate combo, but there’s no need to fear, as there are several steps that you can do to prevent an infestation from occurring.

So, what kind of pests can you expect to find in the laundry room?  Among the most common are cockroaches, due to their natural ability to seek out dark, dank, and untrodden areas to live.  However, don’t be surprised to come across brown recluse spiders as well, since the copious amounts of cover and darkness are the perfect conditions for them to thrive.  Finally, bedbugs can be a common pest in a laundry room, and in a shared laundry room, it can be the perfect setting for bedbugs to infest someone else’s clothing and spread the infestation even further.

Now that you know which pests to look for, here’s how you can prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place.  First, try to keep your laundry as decluttered as possible—use hampers to sort out your laundry instead of having them just strewn across the floor.  Next, check your water lines regularly to make sure that there are no leaks, as these leaks can pool up and attract pests and cause mold to grow—two things you’d want to avoid at all costs.  Finally, give your laundry room a regular deep clean, about once a season, to root out any other remnants of dirt or small mold spores which can attract pests.

Pests are nasty, but by taking some small steps here and there, you can prevent them from becoming a major problem.  And if you ever come across a few critters in your laundry room despite your best efforts, remember that you can always give us a call!

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