Mosquitoes Out Of Control? Check Your Crawl Space For Standing Water

If your home is suddenly overcome with mosquitoes and you've checked every place possible for standing water, look a little deeper into the problem. You could have standing water in your crawl space. This location can contain moisture or enough water to sustain mosquitoes and their larvae. Because mosquitoes can potentially harbor and transmit infectious diseases, it's critical that you locate and eradicate the pests now. Here's how your crawl space attracts mosquitoes and what you can do to treat both issues.

How Can Your Crawl Space Retain Water and Moisture?

Unless you use your crawl space as a storage place, you might not give it much thought. However, your crawl space may be the reason for the increased mosquito population in and around your home, especially if the location contains moisture or standing water.

Crawl spaces usually sit over soil or bare ground. Some spaces might have a thin layer of plastic covering the ground. Soil and thin plastic can be susceptible to moisture penetration if rainwater, landscaping water, or another source of water travels beneath the crawl space.

The problem can become worse during your city or state's rainy seasons, as the water may not dry up fast enough to keep the soil dry. You may also experience flooding beneath your home because of the water. If no one removes the water, it becomes a breeding ground for pests that use it to survive, such as mosquitoes and their young.

Mosquitoes are dangerous because they carry numerous pathogens that can harm people. The West Nile virus and malaria are two diseases that infect humans in the United States. It's possible to experience a mosquito-borne infection or disease and not know it. The conditions can mimic other, more commonly known diseases, such as the flu virus. If you don't seek medical attention right away, it could be potentially life threatening or fatal. 

One of the best ways to protect your family from mosquitoes is to check out your crawl space.

What Can You Do to Solve Your Problems?

If you feel brave enough, you can inspect your crawl space yourself. Before you do so, protect your skin from mosquitoes and other things that may potentially lurk beneath your home, including spiders and rodents. You can wear clothing that completely covers your arms, face, and legs. Also apply mosquito repellent to any skin still visible and vulnerable to insect bites. Finally, wear shoes that fully cover your feet and thick socks to protect your ankles.

Next, you'll need to obtain a flashlight to inspect the crawl space's soil and/or plastic covering. Access your crawl space's entrance, then shine the light inside it. If the soil or plastic is saturated with water, you may be able to see it right away. If you can't see standing water, such as puddles or wet spots, you may need to enter the crawl space completely. The environment inside the space may also smell musty or foul. These may be signs of mold and mildew growth, so make note to treat these problems later.

As you inspect the crawl space, be aware of your surroundings. Mosquitoes can fly around your head or other warm body areas in search of blood to consume. If you hear a lot of buzzing in and around your ears, vacate the crawl space and contact a pest control company for assistance.

If you find signs of standing water or notice a great number of mosquitoes in the crawl space, contact a mosquito control company like Bug Busters Inc right away. Some companies examine crawl spaces for moisture problems that lead to mosquito infestations, so don't be afraid to ask about it. If the company you contact doesn't offer crawl space help, they may be able to direct you to someone who does. In any case, pest control will treat your mosquito problem to keep your family safe.