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Summer Creepy Crawler Guide: What’s Hiding in My Home’s Crawl Space or Basement?

August 26, 2020

Summer may not be everyone’s season, but there’s no time of the year better to go on outdoor adventures. As you’re opening up the windows and doors in your home, you’ll need to be wary both of rising humidity and insects.

There are several creepy crawlers that will enthusiastically make themselves at home in your crawl space or basement during the summer months. You’ll want to do what you can to make your home inhabitable for these creatures, and the best way to do so is to eliminate the bulk of your unwanted moisture.

 

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Pests You May See In Your Home

If you’re looking for ways to protect your home, you’ll first want to know what kind of creatures you’re protecting your home against. You are most likely to see the following critters in your home if it starts to get too damp indoors:

  • Pillbugs – Pillbugs are relatively harmless, considering the impact that other critters can have on your home. These creatures are also known as sowbugs and roly-polies, and they tend to roll up into small balls when they feel threatened. However, these insects do tend to appear in homes with high levels of humidity, meaning they can indicate when something larger is afoot with your space.
  • Centipedes – Centipedes aren’t immediately unpleasant when they make their way into your home, but they can put your health at risk. These critters come equipped with specialized front legs that pinch to deliver venom and cause severe pain if you come into contact with them.
  • Millipedes – Millipedes look like larger centipedes with more feet. These insects, however, are not venomous. That said, they can be painful for your pets to deal with, as they produce fluid along their sides that cause irritation.
  • Earwigs – Earwigs are terrible to behold and make themselves most comfortable in damp and dark environments, allowing them to serve as barometers for the health of your home.
  • Silverfish – Related to firebrat insects, these creatures will enthusiastically make themselves at home in the damp of an unprotected crawl space or basement. They also make meals of the wood, insulation, and fabrics you might leave unprotected, making a true nuisance of themselves as they go.
  • Carpenter ants – As the name suggests, carpenter ants enter your home to get their teeth into any exposed wood that may be unprotected. These critters can get into your home through the cracks that allow leaks in or through unsealed vents or loose windowsills.
  • Cockroaches – No one loves the humble cockroach, and for good reason. These critters make poor neighbors while also being notoriously difficult to get rid of. 

Getting Rid Of Pests In Your Home

Foundation, basement, and crawl space contractors working in your area cannot get rid of pests for you. They can, however, help you protect your home after a local professional’s exterminated your home. After an infestation’s been handled, you can benefit from a home inspection and a free quote on any repairs you may need to drive future infestations elsewhere.

Preventing Home Infestations

It’s much easier to prevent infestations in your home than it is to actively work against one. The simplest way to do so is to eliminate as much excess water from your home as possible. The contractors in your area can help you do so by opening up a catalog of home waterproofing measures. These can include: 

  • Encapsulating your crawl space with a vapor barrier
  • Closing off your crawl space vents with vent covers to prevent insects from getting indoors
  • Cleaning out your HVAC system
  • Scheduling yearly HVAC system inspections
  • Cleaning your gutters to prevent the development of hydrostatic pressure around your foundation 

You can also use rigid insulation panels like ExTremeBlock™ or a CrawlSeal™ vapor barrier to keep pests at bay, as they are specially treated to resist nuisances like termites.

Don’t think that you have to take on the fight against insects in your area alone. While foundation, basement, and crawl space professionals can’t clear up an infestation for you, they can help you prevent one from overtaking your home in the first place.

If you’re ready to explore your anti-infestation options, you can reach out to an expert today.