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Perhaps you’ve heard the little pad of running feet across your kitchen floor. You’ve seen the droppings and you know the horrible truth. There’s a pest in your home. How did it get inside of your house? More likely than not, if your home has a crawlspace, then that is likely the access point that the pest used. To keep your house safe, you should consider these tips on how to protect your crawlspace from pests.

Pests

If your home doesn’t have a basement, then it likely has a crawlspace. These are areas that offer access to certain parts of your home. Plumbers and electricians and sometimes have to squeeze inside of them in order to fix problems. Smaller creatures than plumbers and electricians can sometimes be using the crawlspace, too, however. Rodents, in particular, love to crawl through the area in search of a warm and safe place to eat and mate. Once they’re through the crawlspace, they can essentially access any part of the home. The crawlspace isn’t an entry point solely for rodents either. Insects can also use it to enter the home wreak havoc on your house. Bugs like carpenter ants, termites, even wasps, and beetles can crawl through the area to access your home. All of these pests can become a nuisance, so it’s best to protect your crawlspace to prevent their entry.

Seal Openings

To keep rodents out of the crawlspace, you should have someone seal any openings that they discover. Gaps and cracks can easily be sealed up through caulking or with a different form of sealant. With those gaps and cracks sealed, the rodents won’t be able to get inside of your home. You can also prevent some of the insects from accessing your home. However, because they’re so tiny, they often require a different method of restriction.

Reduce Moisture

One of the primary reasons why insects will make the crawlspace their home is because of the moisture. To make the area inhospitable for them, you need to remove that moisture. You can do this by installing a vapor barrier within the crawlspace. This ensures that the wood doesn’t become moist. You may also want to install encapsulation on the crawlspace. This method basically covers the area in a high-density liner that seals it up. A dehumidifier is another option for regulating the environment. Finally, a ventilator can be used to control the temperature in the crawlspace.

Keep Your Home Safe

Rodents and insects can cause a lot of damage to your home. One of the methods for their entry into the home is through a crawlspace. These methods can keep your crawlspace pest-free.