The Three Ways Crawlspace Encapsulation Helps Keep Pests At Bay

Posted on: 17 July 2020

If you have trouble with pests, such as cockroaches, ants, or earwigs, your pest control service may have told you that it's a good idea to have your crawl space encapsulated. Maybe they explained a bit more about this procedure, which involves putting an impermeable plastic barrier up on the walls, floor, and ceiling of your crawl space. What you might still be wondering, though, is how, exactly, crawl space encapsulation keeps pests away. The truth is, there are three ways this works — and that's why it's such an effective solution.

1. Providing a physical barrier.

It is really common for pests — especially the small ones — to make their way into your home via the crawlspace. They may enter through little cracks in the foundation, or they may enter through holes along the sides of the windows in your crawlspace. Landscaping around the base of your home may first attract them, and then they don't have to venture very far to actually enter your home via the crawl space. A crawl space encapsulation will seal off all of these little gaps and cracks so that the insects cannot find their way inside, even if they are present in your flower beds.

2. Reducing humidity.

Humidity also enters your home through all the little cracks and crevices in your home's crawl space. The area around your home is likely a source of moisture. Water from the gutters falls in this area, and any mulch in your garden beds can trap moisture in the soil, making it more likely to enter your home. You may not actually see drops of water on the floor or walls, but water vapor will still be seeping in. Insects love this humidity, so by blocking the humidity out via crawl space encapsulation, you can make your home less appealing to insects.

3. Regulating temperature.

Your crawl space walls are probably pretty leaky, which may make your crawlspace stay warmer than the rest of your home in the winter. This will definitely make it an appealing space for bugs, who love warmth as much as people do. Crawl space encapsulation will help keep the temperature in your crawl space more regular, which will reduce the number of bugs you see.

Crawl space encapsulation is a good way to keep pests out of your home. Talk to a company that offers crawl space encapsulation services to learn more.