Termites and Sealed Crawl Spaces

Termites and Sealed Crawl Spaces

Termites are a common problem in Georgia, causing extensive damage to homes. Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite found in Georgia. They are called subterranean because they require access to moisture, which is most commonly found in the soil. If your crawl space isn’t sealed or encapsulated, the dirt floor of that unfinished space is attracting termites.

One of the best ways to prevent termite infestations is through crawl space encapsulation. In this blog, we’ll explore what termites are, the damage they can cause, and how crawl space encapsulation protects your home.

What Are Termites?

Termites are small, pale insects that live in colonies. We call them “silent destroyers” because they can cause significant damage before you notice the signs of a termite infestation. They feed on wood and cellulose-based materials, like paper and cardboard. They’re attracted to moisture and are commonly found in damp or humid environments—like your basement crawl space.

The Damage Termites Cause

Termite damage costs homeowners an estimated $5 billion annually, making it a leading cause of diminished home value. They chew through wood, causing structural damage. Electrical wiring and insulation can lead to fire hazards. Termite infestations can lead to costly repairs and reduced property values. 

Crawl Space Encapsulation

Crawl space encapsulation is a process that involves sealing off the crawl space under a building to prevent moisture and pests from entering. The process typically involves installing a vapor barrier and insulation to create a moisture barrier that helps keep the crawl space dry. This helps prevent termite infestations, as termites are attracted to moist environments.

Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation

There are several benefits to crawl space encapsulation. First, it blocks moisture from entering the crawl space. This lowers the risk of mold and mildew growth that can lead to health problems for people living in the home. Additionally, crawl space encapsulation improves a home’s energy efficiency. Sealed crawl spaces prevent air leaks and can reduce heating and cooling costs.

In terms of termite prevention, crawl space encapsulation can help keep termites out of a home by creating a barrier they cannot penetrate. This can help reduce the risk of termite infestations and the damage they can cause.

Crawl Space Sealing vs. Encapsulation vs. Vapor Barriers

These terms are interchangeable. Vapor barriers prevent the excess moisture from your home’s foundation from penetrating your crawl space. Flooring and insulation alone do not protect your home from the damaging effects of this basement moisture. Vapor barriers protect your insulation and drywall from water damage. 

In unfinished basements and crawl spaces, vapor barriers and encapsulation control humidity and temperature. These barriers are made of inorganic material, typically polyurethane, making them mold and mildew-resistant.

Should I Seal My Crawl Space?

Yes, you should implement moisture control throughout your home — especially in your basement crawl space. Preventing leaks and eliminating moisture is essential for any home. Basement flooding costs homeowners thousands of dollars in water damage repairs. Also, damp environments lead to mold growth, pest infestations, high utility bills, and structural damage. Problems that begin in your crawl space spread easily and quickly throughout the rest of your home.

Choosing a Moisture Control Company

When choosing a moisture and pest control company, it’s important to choose a provider with experience in your community. Look for a company that uses safe, effective pest control methods and offers a warranty or guarantee for their services.

In addition to pest control services, look for a company that offers crawl space encapsulation services. This will ensure your home is adequately protected from moisture and pests, reducing the risk of termite infestations and other problems. With the proper precautions and professional help, you can keep your home safe from termites and other pests.

Bug House Has Your Back

When you search for a reliable team to manage moisture and pests in and around your home, call the experts at Bug House. Our pest control specialists are always ready to get to the bottom of your bug problems and excess moisture issues. We help kickstart an effective, long-term solution for your home.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve Bug House customers throughout Georgia in Augusta, Carrollton, Columbus, Dublin, Eastman, Forsyth, Lake Oconee, Macon, Madison, McDonough, Milledgeville, Monroe, Sandersville, Savannah, St. Simons, Warner Robins, and Watkinsville.