What is living in your crawl space?
The number one allergen that people with asthma and allergies react to is dust mite droppings. Dust mites are tiny microscopic parasites that live off of skin flakes that you shed. They live in your bedding, your carpet and your furniture. Dust mites don’t drink water, rather they absorb it from the air. They need over 50% relative humidity to live. While dust mites do not live in your crawl space, they like the crawl space because it’s the life-giving humidity that allows dust mites to thrive upstairs.
Dust mites are not the only pest that might thrive because of your crawl space. Termites love wet/damp wood. Spiders love dark crawl spaces because they eat other bugs, and there are usually plenty of them in a humid, dirt crawl space. Mice, rats and other rodents like dirt crawl spaces as well. Of course, with rodents, there are snakes who share the enjoyment of a dirty crawl space. Your crawl space is also a peaceful place for these unwanted pests to subsequently decompose.
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