No one likes to imagine their crawl space could be harboring gnawing pests and rodents. But when this space remains exposed and dirty for a long time, pests will inevitably find their way in. And they won’t stop there. They will try to access your home through openings and cracks.
You shouldn’t give them the chance as they can turn your Columbus, OH, home upside down. If you notice crawl space rodents’ activity, take the following steps.
How Do I Know If I Have a Pest Problem?
Sometimes, the signs are too obvious to ignore. Increased pest activity, scurrying sounds, pest droppings and urine, scratch marks, dead plants, and tracks that lead to the crawl space are all indications that your crawl space has unwelcome visitors. An inspection can reveal the extent of the problem and uncover the identity of pests that have taken over your crawl space.
1) Encapsulate the Crawl Space
Sealing the crawl space floor and walls with a thick plastic vapor barrier can help deter pests and prevent moisture buildup. A well-installed barrier can last for a lifetime. The good thing is they also come with up to a 25-year warranty, so your investment is safe.
2) Seal Vents and Openings
Some people think venting is a great way of controlling moisture and internal conditions, but studies show otherwise. Your vents could let in mice. These critters require a one-quarter inch opening to access the crawl space. If yours is open, you’ll be making their work easier. Seal it and they’ll stay out.
3) Apply Pesticides
Once you mop up your crawl space, consider fumigating the crawl space to eliminate all the stubborn pests. Pesticides are very effective for this purpose. A good approach is to mix food morsels with rat poison then place it strategically.
4) Set Mouse Traps
Want to knock down the number of pests that enter your crawl space? There’s no better way to stop a mouse and rat infestation than setting up traps. Various kinds of traps are available. And you can source yours from the local hardware store. Set them up in near entry or exit points as well as nests. You’ll see pest numbers going down after some time.
5) Dehumidify the Crawl Space
Moisture is an enabler of pests and mold. When the outside environment gets harsh, pests of all kinds will troop to the crawl space to quench their thirst and to escape the sultry weather. Since no one bothers them, they’ll settle down and colonize this place. By installing a dehumidifier, you can make this place less attractive to pests.
6) Clear Nearby Bushes
Trim any bushy hedge or overgrown bushes near your home as they’re likely to harbor pests. Mice and rats may seek shelter in there and wait for the darkness before they emerge for their nightly visits to your home.
7) Remove Crawl Space Debris
Don’t leave dirt or debris to accumulate in the crawl space. Construction materials and other organic materials that have been washed into this place can make great hideouts and nesting places for pests. Left unchecked, these materials will encourage pests to breed, worsening your infestation. Clear them out and dispose of them properly. If you can burn organic materials, the better.
8) Keep Food Away
If you always leave food on your kitchen table or dump leftovers outside, make sure you store the food in plastic containers and dispose of leftovers in sealed dustbins. Otherwise, pests will pick up the smells emanating from your kitchen and gain access to your home.
9) Replace Wet Insulation
Fiberglass insulation tends to absorb water, and this can make it attractive to pests and rodents. When they get torn or sag, they can also harbor pests. Remove all torn insulation materials and replace them with damage-proof insulation and you’ll never worry about pests again.
Do you suspect that crawl space pests have invaded the below the ground area in your home? Schedule a free crawl space inspection to confirm or allay your fears. We’re happy to carry out repairs and encapsulate this space to stop pest infestation.