Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 by Lyndsie Sundvall
While there may not be a snake in your boot, there’s most likely a snake (or other creepy crawlies) lurking in your crawlspace! As our Colorado winter cold comes in, it frosts over most critters’ homes, leaving those buggers to seek shelter somewhere else! Your open, damp and dirt filled crawlspace is the perfect vacation destination for these unwanted guests, especially if you have moisture or open venting.
Moisture, especially in a dirt crawlspace, brings about perfect living conditions for microorganisms like mold, dust mites and bacteria. These tiny, undetectable critters can weasel their way into your air vents and then into your home, which can trigger allergies and illness. Mold spores and bacteria can be especially harmful, as they can cause long term illnesses and travel airborne easily.
Although its unpleasant to see bugs like termites and mice make a home in your crawlspace, the critters of concern are the apex predators that hunt these little guys. Snakes and spiders follow their prey, which means there’s bound to be even scarier pests feasting in your crawlspace, too. Dirt and debris make the perfect places to hide and burrow in your crawlspace, and your homes heat makes the temperature conditions favorable for them to camp out for the winter.
So, what can you do about these unwanted pests making your home their hangout? Keeping your crawlspace clean, tidy and dry and sealing anywhere that pests could get in will almost guarantee that no more creepy crawlies will make your home a winter hangout spot. The best way to get that done in one go? Encapsulate your crawl space! A reliable vapor barrier and thorough cleanout will ensure that your crawlspace stays clean, pest free and dry, keeping your home pest free in the winter and all year round!
If you’re having pest problems, standing water or debris in your crawlspace, Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems can help! Our patented crawlspace protection products are guaranteed to fix whatever crawlspace complications you have. We provide free, on-site estimates and consultations to ensure the best solution to whatever problem you have, all at no cost to you!