Are you concerned about pests in your crawl space? Here’s what you need to do!
Keeping pests out of crawl spaces can be challenging, but it is essential to keep your home from getting damaged. Here are a few tips for you to prevent pests from entering your crawl space. Keep reading below!
Keep the food away: Pests are always in search of spaces that provide food and safety. Therefore, you don’t want to keep your food in the crawl space as it will get devoured by mice and rats right away. Even if you keep the food locked in a wooden cabinet, the pests will chew through it to get to the food. This will not only damage your cabinets but also contaminate your food.
Minimize humidity: Pests thrive in humid and damp conditions. That is why it is essential to keep the moisture away from your crawl space as much as possible. Installing a dehumidifier can make all the difference.
Seal all the cracks: Pests often enter a crawl space through cracks, vents, and other openings. Therefore, you need to close out all their entry points towards your home. Look for any cracks or entry points and seal them properly.
Set up mouse traps: Only cleaning the crawl space isn’t enough. You also need to use tools that actively prevent the entry of mice and trap them. Mousetraps are perfect for the job. Set them up across all entry points of your crawl space. This will keep them away for good.
Use rat poison: If the problem is severe and the pests just won’t leave the crawl space alone. You should use rat poison along with the mouse traps. Mix a portion of food with the poison, so the mice get tempted to eat it.
Trim the nearby bushes: If there are any bushes outside your home near the crawl space, then the pests might be using them as a shelter. Clear and trim away the bushes, and it will force the pests to move away from your crawl space.
Consider getting a cat: Cats are the perfect patrols for your home, especially in the case of mice. Cats are good hunters, and they also love scaring the pests away. The presence of a cat will also make the pests resist the temptation to enter your house.
Install lights: Pests love to live in dark and damp places. By installing lights in your crawl space, you can keep the pests away from intruding.
Encapsulate your crawl space: Finally, seal your entire crawl space with a thick 20-mil plastic vapor barrier. Make sure you double tape it with sealing tape and cover vents. This is an excellent way to block out all the pests.