Termites are nasty critters that work their way into your home and destroy it from the inside out. My name is Linda, and I am a pest control specialist. I have seen many homes and other buildings absolutely destroyed by termites. A termite infestation can cause a great deal of time and money to fix, and I'd like to tell you how to avoid having termites in the first place. I'll also discuss the clues that you have termites in your home and what to do if you already have an infestation. You can fix a termite problem, but you should act as quickly as possible. Let me be your guide.
Your crawl space is area underneath your home that gives you access to things such as your plumbing and electricity and promotes airflow under your home. However, a crawl space can also allow pests into your home if you don't take care of the area properly.
Your Crawl Space & Pests
Your crawl space, as well as allowing access to your home for necessary repairs, can also allow pests to access your home if your it is is not properly enclosed. Large pests can get under your home and turn in into a cozy home of their own. For example, a skunk would find a crawl space a great home. It is underground and dark all the time, a perfect place for a skunk to hang out during the daytime. As another example, a groundhog or a mole could also find the space under your home a perfect spot to rest for when they are not running around.
Large pests are not the only ones that can get into your crawl space. If you don't properly seal your crawl space, and the area is full of moisture, it could attract pests such as termites to your home. Termites love damp environments, and if the wood in your crawl space is moist all the time, it creates the perfect place for termites to hang out.
When your crawl space is not properly enclosed, all sorts of insects and animals can turn this space under your home into their home.
Closing Out Your Crawl Space
If you want to keep pests out of your crawl space, and you want to protect the integrity of your home, you need to keep your crawl space secure. Securing your crawl space is called encapsulating your crawl space, and is a service that you can buy from some pest control companies if needed.
When your crawl space is encapsulated, a fair amount of work will be done. A moisture or vapor barrier will be put on the ground and will cover it. All the seams of the new vapor barriers will be sealed to prevent air and pests from getting in. The foundation walls and band joists will be insulated. Any entryways will be covered up with removable doors that will allow you access to the space but will keep unwanted visitors out. Then either a dehumidifier, fan, or HVAC system will be set-up to prevent the build-up of moisture inside of your crawl space.
Crawl space encapsulation will help keep pests out of your crawl space and will help preserve the integrity of your home.Share