Crawlspace Pest Infestation
For many people, a bug or rodent infestation in
the house is their worst nightmare. There is one
area of your home that may be especially prone
to a bug or pest infestation - the crawlspace.
Why are these critters attracted to your
crawlspace? The crawlspace offers a warm,
protected environment for insects, rodents, and
other critters. Most
crawlspaces are also very
damp, dark, and filled with debris, which is the
preferred habitat for several different kinds of
insects and other pests.
There are a lot of different kinds of pests
that you may find in your crawlspace. The most
common kinds (and the dangers they pose)
Mice/Rats: Rodents such as mice or rats can
squeeze themselves through tiny openings to
invade your crawlspace. These critters may gnaw
on your wiring and air ducts, chew up and make
nests of your insulation, and can even spread
diseases through their droppings.
Spiders: While a few spiders in your crawlspace
is quite common, an infestation can lead to
problems. Because spiders usually eat other
insects, a spider infestation is often
indicative of another insect infestation. In
addition, some spiders bite, which can be
painful, and they will cover everything in your
crawlspace with their sticky webbing.
- Ants: Ants are a common insect and their are
several different kinds of ants which can infest
your crawlspace - black ants, carpenter ants,
red ants, etc. These ants multiply fast and if
they are not taken care of, they can start to
infest your home as well as your crawlspace.
- Termites: Perhaps the most destructive kind of
pest infestation, termites can severely damage
your wooden supports.
To ensure that these pests do not become a
problem in your Alabama crawlspace, ensure that
it is properly waterproofed and protected with
help from Affordable Foundation and Home Repair.
Preventing Rodent and Bug Infestations in
While you may need to contact a professional to
exterminate the existing pests or insects in
your crawlspace, there are some things that you
can do to prevent an infestation before it
happens or to prevent a re-infestation.
Reduce Moisture and Humidity - Our team can
encapsulate you crawlspace using a vapor barrier to
prevent moisture from getting inside. This reduces
the chances that your crawlspace will become
infested, as most bugs and other pests prefer a damp
- Remove Wood or Debris - Keep your crawlspace free of
debris and consider storing wood in a different
location to prevent pest infestations.
- Clean Gutters and Yard - Remove dead trees or stumps
from the yard to ensure pests do not get too close
to your crawlspace and keep gutters clean to prevent
water problems and reduce pests nearby.
- Remove Mulch - Try not to use mulch too close to
your crawlspace, as insects and pests love to nest
in and feed on mulch.
Contact Affordable Foundation and Home Repair
today to invest in crawlspace encapsulation right
away and reduce chances of pest infestation in your