“Come one, come all!” That’s what a moisture-filled basement or crawl space says to pests like mice, rats, termites, cockroaches, hornets, and other undesirables. Just like water gets in through small cracks and holes, these pests find their way in through gaps in the structure of your home or by chewing their way in.
But even if you’ve sealed off every hole you can see, there’s still the risk of attracting insects because of excess water. That’s why it’s important to seal off the basement or crawl space completely--it takes away the moisture that draws pests in.
It’s damaging enough to find out how many creepy-crawlies are living underneath you. But it gets even worse when pests start to impact the physical structure of your home. They can destroy integral equipment that is often stored in the basement or crawl space, like insulation, wiring, and woodwork. Plus, once they’re inside the lower levels, they have a pathway to the rest of your home, where they can cause even more damage.
Areas like kitchens and bathrooms are at risk when pests are on the search for food and water. Rodents can carry disease, and insects can cause a nuisance or ruin food and woodwork. Bottom line, you don’t want these uninvited guests crawling around your home.
If you already have pests, you’ll first need to contact an exterminator. They can clear out the existing inhabitants of your basement so you can focus on making sure more of them don’t come back.
Then, an experienced professional can close off any gaps or openings, and recommend a solution for preventing excess water from entering the basement or crawl space. These methods usually include basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and other vapor barrier methods.
Another tool in the fight against pests and excess moisture is an Aprilaire dehumidifier. These units are made specifically for basements and crawl spaces, with a range of sizes to handle different capacities (based on the size of your basement and the amount of moisture that needs to be removed).
Here are just some of the benefits of using an Aprilaire dehumidifier in your basement or crawl space: