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Crawl Space Pests

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Getting Rid Of Pest Infestations

Since the lion's share of pest problems in a home take place in the basement or crawl space, many of our experts also offer certified pest control services.

Pest control goes hand-in-hand with crawl space encapsulation, as most pest-infested crawl spaces are also moist, humid places.

There are few things more destructive to your home than a pest infestation! If allowed to live unchecked, animals and insects living in your home can mean thousands of dollars of damage -- and possible structural damage.

For example: one home in 30 is infested by termites annually. A colony of 60,000 workers can consume a 2"x4" piece of wood in about four months! If you have subterranean termites, a colony can live undetected in your home for 3-8 years or more!

Other pests can be carriers of rabies, salmonella, and a wide variety of other bacteria and viruses. And when mice and rats begin to gnaw on wires in your home, it becomes a serious safety and fire hazard!

Preventing Pest Issues

As with many home issues, the best way to fix a problem is to prevent it from happening at all.

Sealing the crawl space will create a physical plastic barrier between the pests and your living space. Drying the space will eliminate the moisture that is so vital for their survival. The pests stay out, and your home is protected!

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Our crawl space encapsulation system is a great way to create an inhospitable environment for pests -- as well as increased energy efficiency, and a healthier home environment.

We can install your system quickly -- often in less than a day! To schedule a free crawl space upgrade estimate and learn more about our warranted products and services, contact us by phone or e-mail today!

A wide open crawl space vent with a mesh wire screen

A Wide-Open Invitation

Even crawl space vents that are covered with a fine-mesh screen won't do much to stop termites, ants, and other insects from making your crawl space their home.

If you don't have a screen over the vents, remember that mice can enter through openings as small as a dime!

Sealing these vents will deter these pests and more, while maintaining a drier crawl space.

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What Attracts Pests To Crawl Spaces?

Crawl spaces are perfect environments for many types of pests! Once they're in the house, there's little stopping them from moving in upstairs as well.

Pests are attracted to crawl spaces for five reasons:

1. Readily Available Moisture: As hot, humid summer air enters into a crawl space through the vents, the space becomes filled with condensation and moisture. This moisture is life-giving for hundreds of varieties of pests!

2. An Abundant Food Source: Wet, rotting wood makes ideal food for termites, powderpost beetles, and many other pests. Once they move in, they become food for spiders and snakes.

3. Year-Round Warmth: A crawl space maintains 50F-60F temperatures year-round, making them perfect for invading pests to live a long, healthy life.

4. Shelter From Predators: Cats, raccoons, mice, and other stray animals take shelter in crawl spaces because they're dark, safe, and secluded.

5. Easy Access: Pests can access the crawl space through many different ways, including cracks in the walls, through vents, and up through the dirt floor. If you have soil or debris outside your home that reaches the structural wood of your home, this is also an easy access point.

Common Types Of Pest Infestations In Crawl Spaces

Depending on your region and the condition of your crawl space, there are hundreds of possible creatures that could be infesting your crawl space. However, a handful of these invaders stand out for being especially damaging to your home.

Common types of damaging crawl space pests include the following:

Keeping Pests Out Of Our Crawl Space

There are several short-term and long-term solutions for eliminating crawl space pests. We recommend using a short-term solution to kill the immediate infestation. Once that's gone, a long-term option is a good idea to deter future pest infestations and to best preserve your home's condition, value, and overall healthiness.

Common crawl space pest control methods include the following:

applying pesticides around a home

Pesticides & Biocides

Applying pesticides and biocides provides immediate results in killing existing pests within the crawl space. However, this solution is temporary only, and will not provide a pest-free home for long unless continually reapplied to your home.

Pesticides and biocides application is often limited by obstacles around the home (decks, bushes, patios, etc). These obstacles can make creating a consistent barrier around your home difficult or impossible. It's also worthwhile to note that animals that enter the home directly through the floor from underground, such as beetles and termites, may not be affected.

Depending on the product, repeated applications may also lead to potentially significant health consequences.

a contractor sealing a crawl space vent with a plastic, airtight cover

Sealing The Crawl Space

Pests will often enter the crawl space through cracks in the walls or through gaps around non-airtight crawl space doors. Their favorite entryway point, however, is through crawl space vents.

Our contractors can install crawl space vent covers and airtight doors, blocking passage into the crawl space. All wall and floor surfaces are then covered with a thick, durable 20-mil liner that deters pests, while holding back moisture and humidity entering through walls and floors.

If your crawl space is experiencing flooding, we'll install a perimeter drain system and sump pump as well. A layer of drainage matting will be installed on the floor to direct water to the sump pump system and prevent it from collecting under the liner.

a crawl space dehumidifier installed in a sealed and insulated crawl space

Dehumidifying The Crawl Space

When it comes to pest infestations in a crawl space, moisture and damp wood are critical factors. Eliminate the source of water in the crawl space, and it becomes impossible for many types of pests to survive.

Termites, carpenter ants, dust mites, cockroaches, crickets, and countless other pests aren't likely to enter the space at all if it's dry and well-maintained.

Once your crawl space is sealed, and sources of standing water are eliminated, you've made great strides to accomplish this. Finish off the problem for good by installing a crawl space dehumidifier. We recommend one that's powerful, energy efficient, and self draining -- so you don't have endless collection trays to empty.

We Create Healthy, Long-Lasting Crawl Space Environments!

At Basement Systems, our worldwide network consists of more than 300 basement and crawl space experts serving throughout Canada and the United States. Our warranted systems can help you transform a damp, rotting crawl space into a dry, clean, and energy efficient part of your home.

It costs you nothing to meet with an expert from your local dealership! To sign up for a free crawl space upgrade estimate, contact us by phone or e-mail today!

Your free estimate includes a professional on-site inspection and measurement of your crawl space and a consultation, where we answer any questions you may have. We'll work with you to customize a system that meets everything you'd like us to do (waterproofing, encapsulation, insulation, etc), and provide you with a written cost estimate.

As an added courtesy, we like to send along a full-color copy of our crawl space book before each scheduled visit. This informative book is full of pictures and information about crawl space building science, as well as the highlights of our products and services.

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