As the cooler weather approaches and the grass begins to frost over, creepy crawlers and unwanted pests are looking to seek shelter. Your vented, damp and dirt crawl space is the perfect location to call home! Open crawl space vents, foundation cracks, piping, and unsealed entry doors allow these creepy critters to easily access your crawl space.
Pests love the moisture in your crawl space. Termites can easily access damp wood, making it their food buffet. Spiders love crawl spaces because they eat other bugs and there are usually plenty of them in a damp, dirt crawl space. Mice and rats are able to access your fiberglass insulation, making it the perfect nesting material. Snakes and other cold-blooded animals also love your crawl space. And when it’s time to die, your dirt crawl space is often the place where the decomposition process takes place.
But what about a creepy critter you can’t see? Dust mites are the number one indoor allergen that people with asthma and allergies react to. These microscopic parasites live off skin flakes that you shed! They live in your bedding, carpet, and furniture. Dust mite droppings are tiny and float in the air, where they can be breathed and aggravate allergies and asthma.
Dust mites don’t drink water but absorb it from the air. They need over 50% relative humidity to live. While dust mites may not directly live in your crawl space, they like your crawl space. Why? It’s very difficult to keep your house dry when you have an unsealed dirt crawl space underneath it. It’s the life-giving humidity that allows dust mites to thrive upstairs.
What is the best way to prevent unwanted pests? By having your crawl space sealed by a reliable, reputable and professional company.
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CRAWL SPACE PROBLEM SIGNS
Here are additional signs that you may have moisture or water problems in your crawl space.