Contractor Spotlight: Crawlspace Pest Control
The often forgotten “dungeon” of our homes rarely receives any kind of notice or attention, so it should come as no surprise that home inspections nearly always reveal some sort of problem in that area. Disconnected ducting, fallen insulation, water accumulation, and rodents are the items I see cited most often.
While the first three items would be discovered with a quick check every now and again, they are more challenging to prevent - very treatable, but not as preventable. The critter problem, however, is very often preventable with properly sealed access points, and secured crawl space vent screens. These are really simple measures to prevent the impressive damage they can create.
Loose or missing crawlspace screens, in my experience, are almost always the number #1 access point for rodents, and even pets (oftentimes cats). If you have the willingness, ability, and courage, get those screens replaced or secured with staples, and/or a high-grade construction adhesive (depending on the style of crawlspace vent). Older homes often used wood framing around the vents and fastened screening to the wood with nails or staples. Newer homes will likely be made from a plastic or polymer and adhesive will likely be more effective.
If none of this sounds palatable to you just reach out to a professional. My favorite pest control specialist is Bryan Healy and his team at Exodus Pest control, and you’ll find his contact info below. On numerous occasions they have done an outstanding job for both myself and my clients.
With enough time they can cause significant damage to insulation, vapor barrier, and even wiring -- not to mention all of the droppings and mess that they leave behind. Get to it!
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