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Crawl Spaces and Pests - How a Clean Crawl Space Keeps Away Rodents

Thursday, December 12th, 2019


Crawl space pests can destroy your home and pose health risks. You may not visit this part of your home often, but ignoring it can become very costly.

Be proactive, even if you haven’t noticed any crawl space rodents or other pests invading your home yet. Respect how serious this can be. Know the signs of an infestation. Know how to deter them and get rid of them.

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Don’t Underestimate Crawl Space Pests

If you haven’t checked out your crawl space or improved it in the past few years, it’s time to take a look.

Signs of dampness alone could lead to serious defects in your home. It can lead to foundation issues and health problems. This type of environment is also highly conducive to dangerous mold and pests too.

If you’re experiencing unpleasant smells, it could be urine from crawl space rodents, probably not the healthiest thing for your family to be inhaling. Once they find their way into your crawl space and breed, inside your home is their next stop.

Whether it is rats, mice or other crawl space pests like termites, they can do serious damage. Not only will they create holes that will start costing you more in utility bills every month, but that will invite more pests too. They will destroy your insulation. They will eat through your cables and wiring. They can infect your plumbing.

Ignoring them is not a solution. It’s only going to get worse fast and cost a lot more to fix.

Common Crawl Space Pests

Bed bugs are some of the most common pests in Cleveland, OH. They feed on your blood in your sleep. They can seem impossible to get rid of once you have them.

Rodents can come in several forms. Rats and mice are the most obvious. You’ll be surprised at how much damage even squirrels can do.

Fleas, cockroaches, ants and spiders can be a common nuisance in Ohio homes. Yet, when it comes to real damage, termites are some of the worst. Dampness in these spaces is perfect for breeding termite colonies, which will literally eat your home. Termite infestations are considered a structural threat and may prevent you from refinancing or selling your home.

Bees, wasps and hornets may not seem life-threatening unless someone in your home is allergic. Yet they can build massive colonies that can force you out of your home.

We’re also seeing much more migration of different animal species. Armadillos are one to be especially cautious of, considering they still carry leprosy.

Keep Pests At Bay

Prevention is the best way to avoid what can be serious side effects of pests invading your home. It is a lot cheaper and easier to keep them out than to have to get rid of them, and then prevent a new infestation.

Keeping a clean crawl space is usually the first step. Many homes have trash, old insulation, scraps from old renovation jobs, weeds and more occupying these spaces. It’s like a rodent and bug resort just waiting for guests.

It’s smart to go even further and trim away landscaping from your exterior, fix any cracks and be sure you are keeping pet food far from these hotspots. Otherwise, you’ll have a whole host of critters just waiting to dash out and bring back that cat and dog food to store up for the winter and share with their friends and offspring.

Insulating the space can be one of your best moves. Keeping your crawl space dampness-free with waterproof barriers, insulation or a dehumidifier is one of the best defenses. Plus, it can help keep down your utility bills and preserve the integrity of the rest of your home.

Signs They’ve Already Moved In

Aside from spotting these critters on the move, common signs of problems include:

  • Scratching noises
  • Tiny rodent droppings
  • Chew marks
  • Grease marks
  • Damaged plants
  • Nesting materials
  • Small holes
  • Smells

How To Get Rid of Them

  1. Store-bought traps
  2. Poisons and chemicals
  3. Hiring a professional exterminator
  4. Sealing them off

Summary

Your crawl space can be a hot zone for all types of pests and rodents. Once they are in, they will quickly want to move into the rest of your home. They can cause both serious structural damage and health problems. Get ahead and act to prevent them from moving in. Tackle signs of infestations quickly. Clean and secure your crawl space to prevent them from coming back.