As the weather changes, it’s not just people looking to avoid the heat or the cold. Critters large and small are beginning to look for safe spaces out of the elements. If your foundation has any cracks or gaps, you may need to get some crawl space pest control. You might likely get visits by some of the following creepy crawlies:

Wolf spiders and Other Pest in Crawl Spaces

These arachnids seek out the warmth of garages and crawlspaces as the weather gets colder. Additionally, since they feed on other insects, they will be drawn to locations that are host to their desired prey.

Wolf spiders are common crawl space pest control problems.

Earwigs

This brown colored insect feeds on decaying plant matter, including mulch. If you have cracks in your foundation, it is a natural entry point to the house straight from any nearby flowerbeds.

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A typical earwig found in crawlspaces.

Silverfish

Aptly named due to their silvery-grayish coloring, these nocturnal insects will feed on everyday household items, including sugar, coffee, fabric, and paper.

A silverfish common in most homes.

Centipedes and Crawl Space Pest Control

Various types of centipedes can be attracted to your basement or crawlspace, and for varying reasons. But since these insects are predatory, besides enjoying the damp basement conditions you may have, they are also drawn in by the other insects that might be taking up residence. Crawl space pest control can help eliminate these creatures.

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Pill Bugs

These insects flock to damp spaces when the ground and air outside become dry. If you see these roly-polys often, you may want to do a further inspection to see if you have any cracks or gaps that are allowing moisture to accumulate or seep through to your basement or crawlspace.

Mice and Snakes in Crawlspaces

These larger critters can be a sign that there are other holes, gaps, or cracks at a crawlspace entry.

An image of a mouse, most commonly found in crawlspaces and require pest control.

Crawl Space Pest Control and Restoring Your Crawlspace

Whether they are more significant or small, you likely don’t want to encounter any of these creepy critters or share your home with them through the winter. You can get rid of them by keeping your basements or crawlspaces dry, free of debris that they may feed on, and by repairing cracks and gaps that allow them easy access. Contact Crossroads Foundation Repair for crawl space solutions today, and consider hiring a pest control expert for further help.


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