4 Pests You'll Probably Stop Seeing After Crawl Space Encapsulation

When people think of crawl space encapsulation, they typically focus on the moisture that this process will keep out of their home. They may think about having less mold growth due to the loss of humidity, or about improving the smell of their home for the same reason. Crawl space encapsulation does achieve these goals, but it is also a valuable method of pest control! Here are four bugs you should see a lot less of once you encapsulate your crawl space. 

1. Earwigs

You might have these in your home without ever having realized what, exactly, they are. Earwigs are long, skinny bugs with pincers on one end. They do not, contrary to popular belief, burrow into your head or enter your ears. However, they do eat things like books and wallpaper, so you really don't want them around. Earwigs really only enter  home when there's a good source of moisture, so if encapsulation dries out your crawl space like it should, you'll stop seeing earwigs.

2. Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are those big ones that you may notice along baseboards and on other wooden surfaces. Most ants are not terribly moisture-dependent, but carpenter ants are. They prefer to chew wood that is at least a little bit moist. If you encapsulate your crawl space, you should notice fewer carpenter ants, which is good news for all of your wooden furniture and support beams.

3. Silverfish

These bugs are named for their silvery color. Their skin looks like it wants to peel off, and their bodies are up to an inch long, but mostly worm-shaped. Silverfish have distinct, long antennae. You really only see these bugs where it is moist, so if you dry out your crawl space, they won't come around anymore. This is good news since they sure are creepy!

4. American House Spiders

Some spiders are okay in a dry environment, but American house spiders really love moisture. These black or brown, medium-sized spiders have short legs and are known for building extensive webs, which can get pretty annoying to clean up after a while. You may not notice a reduction in the spiders themselves after crawl space encapsulation since the spiders tend to hide well, but you should notice fewer webs around.

Crawl space encapsulation is a good all-around pest control method. Talk to a professional to learn more about the benefits for your unique home.