How to Keep Your Crawl Space Pest Free

Most homeowners will agree that a pest infestation can be one of the most damaging and costly problems your home can face. Invasive pests and animals will often establish themselves in your home if conditions are right for feeding and / or nesting. One of the most commonly infested areas of the home is the crawl space, or subfloor.

Fortunately for homeowners, pest control for your home’s crawl space is as simple as keeping the area clean, maintaining a tidy yard, protecting entrances, and controlling humidity. What follows is a brief synopsis of the most common types of crawl space pests, how to stop them from entering, and what to do if you already have an infestation.

Types of parasites

The first step in pest prevention is knowing the most common types of pests and what types of conditions attract them.

Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO): WDOs are some of the most common and destructive pests that can enter your home. Types of WDO include termites, wet ants, and carpenter ants. These pests can destroy your home from the inside out, consuming wood and materials within the walls of your home. Because these parasites are so small, they are often hard to spot until they have caused severe damage.

Rats / Mice / Moles: Small rodents are attracted to areas that provide them with food, shelter, and a place to breed. Walls and crawl spaces provide exactly these things. Like WDOs, rats, mice, and moles can gnaw and chew on structurally necessary parts of your home, such as beams and walls. They are also unsanitary and unsightly to be around.

Raccoons / Possums: These parasites are less likely to settle in your home, but if they do they can be a pain to get rid of. Raccoons and opossums can be aggressive, attack pets, and can even carry nasty diseases like rabies. Keeping a clean crawl space with few inputs is the best pest prevention tactic for raccoons and

Snakes: It’s obvious why you wouldn’t want a snake infestation in your crawl space – they’re creepy, they can clog drains, and some of them are poisonous. Snakes are attracted to crawling spaces with lots of standing water, so it’s important to keep the subfloor clean.

Ways to get rid of existing parasites

The best way to get rid of household pests is to call a professional pest control service. Many do-it-yourself attempts don’t wipe out the entire pest population, which can cause the pests to return, sometimes even worse than before. Additionally, some pest control methods can be harmful to humans or pets. Look for a pest control service that offers scan space restoration and can offer a holistic approach to pest control.

Other pest prevention tactics

The best way to avoid the hassle of trying to get rid of a pest infestation is to take steps to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Proactive pest prevention is also one of the most important elements of green pest control. Here are the four best ways to prevent pests from accumulating in your crawl space:

Clean. Keeping a clean house and crawl space is very important. Pests are attracted to food and shelter, so it makes sense that they are attracted to a house with a lot of trash or trash left out. Don’t worry – you don’t need to keep your scan space spotless. Just make sure there are no places for pests to camp, such as piles of old clothes or bags of trash.

Maintain your garden. Most pests will only move into your home after you open a store somewhere in your yard. Remove piles of wood, bricks, stones and leaves from the house; cut bushes and trees; cover hot tubs or swimming pools; and get rid of the dead wood. This will reduce the number of places where parasites can live.

Safe entrances. Leaving the crawl space open is a sure way to attract parasites, especially rodents and small mammals. Placing barriers at the entrance to your crawl space will prevent these pests from becoming abusive.