For those who may not know, a crawl space is the open area between the ground and under-side of a house. Crawl spaces keep the house off of the ground and protect it from water damage and pest infestation. While these are advantages to having a crawl space, it can also serve as a dwelling for pests if not properly maintained.
Here is the answer...Yes! Pests can cause devastation to your home if left untreated. It is absolutely critical to address infestations as soon as possible before too much damage can be done. Pests can destroy insulation, gnaw through wiring and air ducts, damage wooden substructures and even follow pipes and wiring into your house.
Why would animals and insects want to live in a crawl space?
Moisture and standing water are the main reason for these pests to get comfortable in a crawl space.
- Standing water provides a source for thirsty animals and insects.
- Damp environment for bugs to breed, eat and spread.
- Leaking heating ducts provide warmth during the cold winter.
- Wet wood framing serves as a food source for termites and other wood-destroying insects.
What are signs of a pest infestation in a crawl space?
- Shreds of insulation
- Chew marks
Call a quality pest control professional to help maintain your crawl space and take preventative measures to keep pests out! Innovative Pest Solutions can help identify the types of pests you may have and treat for them!