When you look for a hotel, you probably look for amenities like a comfortable bed, a pool, and good room service. Pests are not nearly as picky. In fact, the more damp and musty the space, the more attractive they’ll find it. Your crawl space, for example, may appear to be the perfect hotel for insects, rodents, and other pests — especially as they seek shelter from the cold this winter.
What Pests May Take up Residence in Your Crawl Space?
This time of year, almost any animal or insect that seeks shelter may find its way into your crawl space. Some of the most common crawl space invaders include termites, cockroaches, spiders, silverfish, rats, and mice. Less often, homeowners also find larger pests, like raccoons and possums, in their crawl spaces.
Winter is often a dangerous and deadly time for many pests. For example, mice often face starvation during the harsh winter months and will invade houses and apartment buildings for shelter. Thankfully, you can avoid this issue and keep mice out of homes during the winter with some helpful information.
Mice Are Hardy but Prefer Indoor Warmth in Winter
Though mice are tiny, they can tolerate cold weather quite well. Most will hide among tree roots and in other secluded areas during the coldest months to maximize their warmth. However, food sources get quite rare for mice in the winter, which may force many of them to seek indoor shelter in nearby homes and apartment complexes.
From termites to spiders, all the creepy crawlies in the area would be happy to find a home in your basement. This can make spending time in the basement uncomfortable and unpleasant. If you are a homeowner who would like to keep bugs out of your basement, check out these tips for a cleaner and more comfortable basement you can enjoy.
1. Fix Plumbing Leaks Promptly
Moisture in the soil often finds its way into the home via cracks in the foundation. Sometimes this moisture causes floods, mold, mildew, and a general dampness. You have many ways that you can waterproof your basement.