How to Manage Your Insect Prevention Methods
It’s not uncommon for homeowners to struggle with pest infestations in their crawl space, especially if they have an unencapsulated crawl space.
If you’re going to tackle those pest problems, you need to make sure you’re doing it in the right way. Here’s what you should know about pest infestation management in your crawl space.
How Does Encapsulation Help Prevent Insects
Most of the time, insect prevention methods require crawl space encapsulation. Encapsulation involves sealing your crawl space using a crawl space vapor barrier on the floor, and wall insulation. Both these products create a powerful barrier between the outside area and your new clean crawl space. Adding a dehumidifier and a new crawl space door helps reduce the moisture that insects find so attractive.
- Vapor Barrier
- Wall Insulation
- Crawl Space Door
- Vent Covers
Encapsulation, of course, also has other benefits. When you opt for crawl space encapsulation, you’ll also be able to take advantage of benefits like reduced crawl space moisture, fewer issues with dust and dirt in your crawl space, and similar concerns. That’s why it’s such a great secondary benefit of removing insects and other pests.
Why Might You Need to Utilize Insect Prevention?
It’s important to consider the warning signs that should steer you toward insect prevention methods for your crawl space. These are the most common things that might make you consider insect prevention methods for your home.
- Insects in Your Crawl Space
If you know you have insects in your crawl space, you’re going to want to get them out of there. However, you can’t necessarily just hire an exterminator. Although an exterminator can be an incredibly important element of getting rid of insects, you can’t just call in an exterminator every time you have recurring insect problems.
The underlying problem here is what you need to address. Insects are getting into your crawl space in some way. Even if you need to call in a crawl space exterminator to get rid of your current insect problems, you’ll still need to make sure you tackle whatever is causing the problems that are allowing insects inside.
- Insects Throughout Your Home
When you have insects in your crawl space, it’s unlikely that they’ll stay in the crawl space. One way or another, it’s common for insects to get up through your crawl space and into the home at large, which can then spiral into a much more serious problem. Just a few insects in your crawl space can turn into an overall home infestation.
A home infestation of insects is much more upsetting and difficult to handle than just a crawl space infestation of insects, but ignoring a crawl space infestation will almost always encourage it to move into the rest of your home. If you have insects in your home, consider taking a look at the crawl space to make sure that’s not where they’re coming from.
- Other Pests in Your Crawl Space and Home
Insects aren’t the only pests that you may end up seeing in your crawl space and the rest of your home. If you have openings in your crawl space that are significant enough, you may end up with other small pests, including things like rats and mice, that can grow and multiply to an astonishing extent.
Your crawl space has enough connections to your home that even fairly large pests like rodents can end up inside your home, where they can cause an awful lot of problems, ranging from issues with electrical wiring to concerns regarding health and safety.
FAQs About Insect Prevention in Your Home
When you first notice that you have bugs in your crawl space, your first instinct might be to get an exterminator. However, a crawl space repair expert can also help with bugs in a crawl space. Which one is right to get?
- Solutions That Require Both an Exterminator and a Repair Expert
In many situations, you may need both an exterminator and a crawl space repair expert to remove bugs for good from your home. This situation may require that you get an exterminator to kill the current bugs, then a crawl space repair expert to make sure the bug problem doesn’t come back again by installing encapsulation, sealants, or machines that can help limit the amount of moisture in the area.
This tandem option is often the only effective one. If you’re seeing a problem with bugs in your crawl space, this should probably be the first thing you consider. It’s unfortunately common to require both an exterminator and a repair expert if you’re looking for a long-term fix.
- Talking to an Expert First
It’s common to require both an exterminator and a repair expert, especially if your bug problem is pretty bad. However, the individual fix you might need for your crawl space and bug problems will vary, so you need to talk to a Groundworks expert before you make your choice.
Remember, different homes and different infestations will require different approaches. A problem with mosquitos, for example, will typically require different measures to remove attractants and keep the bugs out than with ants. Mosquitos tend to indicate concerns with crawl space moisture, whereas other pests might just indicate overarching crawl space encapsulation needs.
Insects can get into the crawl space and come up to the rest of your home very easily through just about any opening in the crawl space. There are many different entry options that insects and other pests can take advantage of, which is why it’s so important to avoid having insects in your crawl space at all.
- Cracks in the Wall and Floor and Pipes to the Outside
An insect may be able to find a crack in the wall or floor that you wouldn’t be able to see during an inspection. Even if you don’t personally note any cracks in your walls or floors, don’t assume that you’re safe if you end up with bugs in your crawl space.
Another common concern with crawl space bugs is the concern of pipes. A bug may be able to come up through the pipes if you have pipes in your crawl space, whether because of deteriorating pipes or because of an opening where the pipe comes up into the home. Either way, you might need an expert to help you find and fix the problem.
- Crawl Space Doors
If your crawl space has an internal door that enters into the rest of the home, you might have bugs that come up through these crawl space doors. You must have a tight seal around these crawl space doors if you want to make sure that nothing comes up through these doors from the area.
Crawl space doors can have low-quality seals for a variety of reasons. However, regardless of the reason for the low-quality seal, you need to make sure you fix it. Getting help from an expert to install the crawl space doors initially and maintain the doors in future years is one of the best things you can do to maximize your crawl space health.
Home repair is a complicated concept at the best of times, and there’s no one single home repair process that will completely get rid of an insect problem. However, if you invest money and time into home repair in a variety of areas, you may see a benefit with your insect problem.
- General Structural Security
In general, structural security is an important element of avoiding insects. You need to make sure your home is structurally secure in every way, or you’re never going to end up with a completely adequate answer to your insect problems. Insects can easily come in through the outside, and you need to avoid that at all costs.
For example, if you have a sunken floor, you’re also typically going to end up with gaps between the wall and the floor. That gap can end up introducing an opening for pests, especially if it’s in an external wall. Fixing those problems, which may require crawl space jacks among other things, can be an incredibly helpful way to reduce pest problems.
- Fixing Other Home Openings
Although your crawl space is a haven for insects and other pests, it’s by no means the only way these pests can get in. Other openings, including open crawl space vents, cracks in the walls, and unsealed windows, can all allow insects to get into your home from the outside.
The biggest thing to remember is that it’s very common for homeowners to not even know that these openings exist. Many homeowners don’t know that there are wall cracks big enough for pests to get through. In these cases, an expert inspection will be the best option, as a professional will be able to keep an eye out for all openings, even very small ones.
Are you worried about an insect problem in your crawl space? You’re not alone. Plenty of homeowners worry about insects invading their crawl space. Here are a few things to consider regarding a crawl space insect problem.
- Many Potential Problems
There are many potential insect problems out there that your crawl space can contribute to. It’s not about removing one specific insect infestation; it’s about removing the access for insects to your crawl space. If you can remove access entirely, you’ll remove the source of the problem.
If you want to make sure your crawl space isn’t going to experience an infestation of pests and insects in a general sense, you need to consider the fact that insect problems can occur just about anywhere in your home. Avoid insect infestations anywhere in your home for the best results.
- Talk to an Expert
Overall, removing insects in your crawl space is a pretty sprawling project. You shouldn’t try to do it on your own. It’s going to be much more difficult than you think it’s going to be. Trying to fix the problem on your own can lead to further damage, including issues with your home’s structural integrity if you let the problem continue for long enough.
Your best bet is to talk to a crawl space repair expert from Groundworks to learn more about how you can fix these problems. There are many potential fixes, but only an expert will be able to assess your home and figure out which one will work best for you. A complete fix is the only fix you should consider; don’t settle for anything less.
Find a Fix for Your Insect Problems When You Get an Expert’s Help
Insect problems can feel overwhelming, but they’re in no way something you just have to live with. You need the right tools of the trade to maintain your home’s avoidance of insect problems. Whether you have them right now or you’re looking to avoid them in the future, crawl space fixes can sometimes be beneficial for your insect problems.
You must get an expert’s help when you’re trying to avoid insect problems. A Groundworks crawl space repair expert can look through your crawl space, identify the current potential problems, and give you more information on how you can avoid insect problems both now and in the future, making your crawl space and your home healthier.