Advanced Pest Control Systems

Avoiding Standing Water In Your Home

Standing water can be a homeowner’s biggest enemy. Although it’s mainly a problem in the spring, unpredictable Midwest weather can create standing water in mild winters and throughout the summer.

Let’s examine where homeowners must watch for water and why it’s a concern.

How Standing Water Attracts Pests

When water accumulates to any degree in or around your house, it becomes a magnet for various pests, creating ideal breeding grounds and habitats. Mosquitoes, in particular, are attracted to stagnant water to use as a breeding site. Rodents and water-loving pests also seek these water sources for sustenance and will seek shelter near them. Standing water complicates pest prevention efforts, providing pests with a continuous supply of what they need to thrive.

The breeding grounds formed in standing water can lead to an exponential increase in pest populations, exacerbating the challenges of pest elimination. Mosquitoes, for example, can rapidly multiply in stagnant water, posing a significant health risk to residents. Understanding this connection between excess water and pest infestations is crucial for effective pest management.

Property Damage

Beyond attracting pests, standing water can cause substantial harm to both your property and the well-being of those living in it. Structurally, water can damage foundations and walls, compromising the integrity of your home. Landscaping and outdoor structures are also vulnerable to the destructive effects of stagnant water.

Human Health Risks

The health risks associated with standing water are equally concerning. Stagnant water becomes a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes, increasing the likelihood of mosquito-borne illnesses. Furthermore, this water promotes the growth of mold and mildew, contributing to indoor air quality issues and potential respiratory problems for residents.

Promptly addressing standing water is crucial for preserving property value and preventing health hazards. The interconnectedness of property damage and health risks emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive approach to keeping your home clean and dry.


Places Where Standing Water Can Accumulate


Garages often harbor overlooked sources of standing water, such as leaks or poor drainage. Regularly inspect your garage for potential water accumulation, and promptly address any issues to eliminate attractive pests’ breeding sites.


Basements are prone to water intrusion, especially in areas with high water tables or inadequate drainage systems. Implementing proper basement waterproofing measures and regular maintenance can help prevent these issues.


Maintaining clean and well-functioning gutters prevents water from accumulating around your home. Clogged gutters can lead to water overflow, causing damage to your property’s foundation and creating ideal conditions for pests.

Kid’s Outdoor Playscapes

Children’s play areas are often surrounded by grass or mulch, making them susceptible to standing water. Monitor swing sets, sandboxes, and other outdoor toys and clean them regularly. Ensure you have proper drainage in these areas to prevent water accumulation and reduce the risk of attracting pests.


While pools provide a source of recreation, they can also become breeding grounds for pests if not properly maintained. Regularly check for water around the pool and address any drainage issues promptly.


Patios can accumulate water after rainfall, creating potential pest habitats. Check for proper drainage on your patio and consider using absorbent materials to minimize excess water.


Roofs with drainage issues can accumulate water, causing damage and attracting pests. Conduct regular roof inspections and maintenance to identify and address potential leaks or drainage concerns.

Call PestShield Today

By understanding how standing water attracts pests and the potential harm it can cause, homeowners can take proactive measures to mitigate these risks. Regularly inspecting and addressing water issues in garages, basements, gutters, play equipment, pools, patios, and roofs is essential for effective pest control and property maintenance. 

PestShield is committed to keeping our customers’ homes safe and pest-free year-round. Whether you have our in-wall pest control system installed or require traditional pest control treatments, our expert team will help eliminate the problem and go through preventative measures to shield your home from a future infestation. 

We would love to help with your questions and pest-control needs, so do not hesitate to contact us today!