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There are few things more frustrating than realizing that pests have gained access to your home. It’s especially frustrating to learn that they’re accessing your home from beneath, through your crawl space. Let’s examine how to prevent this from happening:

Trap Existing Pests
Before you begin the process of sealing up your crawlspace, you’ll need to remove any existing pests. If you are being bothered by a small number of bugs or mice, you may be able to remove them on your own. However, if you are being disturbed by a larger number of pests, or by pests that are larger in size, you may need to call a professional exterminator. These skilled professionals can remove the pests quickly and efficiently.

Once the pests that you’re struggling with have been removed from your crawlspace, you’ll need to take steps to keep new ones from moving in and calling your house their home. This will likely mean a trip to the hardware store and a few hours worth of work on your part, but will be well worth the effort.

You can keep pests out of your crawlspace using the following methods:

Lattice
Wooden lattice is one popular way to keep large pests, such as opossums and raccoons, from living in your crawl space. There are a wide variety of decorative lattice types available, made from wood and vinyl, designed to let air flow beneath the house while keeping animals out.

Hardware Cloth
Smaller holes can be filled with metal hardware cloth, which can also be buried slightly beneath ground level to prevent burrowing pests from making their way into your crawl space. The metal cloth is difficult to chew through, so the cloth keeps them out of the area beneath your home.

Control Moisture in the Crawl Space
Some pests, such as termites and cockroaches, are drawn to moist subterranean areas, such as crawl spaces and basements. Promoting air flow through your crawl space and making sure that the area stays as dry as possible will help make the area less interesting to numerous pests. This can be accomplished using dehumidifiers and fans to maintain a specific humidity in the area.

Fill Small Cracks and Holes
Examine your entire crawl space for cracks, holes, and small gaps that insects and rodents can fit into. Fill these holes with caulk, or stuff them with steel wool and then seal them solidly with caulk. This will keep pests out of your crawl space, and in turn, limit their access to your home and living space.

Taking these steps will help limit the number of pests that gets into your home by way of your crawl space, and will help you to enjoy a pest free home.