Hurricanes can cause a lot of damage, and one of the worst things they can do is cause pests to spread. If you’re in the path of a hurricane, make sure you are prepared by taking these steps to deal with pests. We’ll provide tips and tricks for dealing with common pests, and help you stay safe while dealing with them. Stay safe, and don’t worry – we’ll be here to help when the storm hits!
Amp up your pre-storm pest control efforts
A hurricane is a powerful natural force that can damage homes and businesses. Wind, rain, and storm surge can cause water to flow into buildings, spreading pests such as cockroaches and rats throughout an area. Pests will also be attracted to food sources left unprotected or open to the elements. If you live in an area likely affected by a hurricane, take these steps to prevent pest infestation:
– Always keep a close eye on the weather conditions and listen to local news reports for updates.
– Make sure to drain any standing water or take measures to prevent standing water accumulation.
– Inspect your house for structural damages, holes, and crevices via which pests can enter.
– Keep your pest control kit stocked and ready to go, and be sure to use it during hurricane season.
– Clean up any messes immediately after the storm has passed, and clean up any water or debris that’s been spilled. This will help prevent pests from getting a foothold in the area.
– Check for power outages If there’s a power outage in your area, be especially mindful of potential pests that may be attracted to lit areas. Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances, as these will create an ideal environment for pests such as cockroaches and rodents.
– Make sure your home is vacuumed and cleaned thoroughly before the storm arrives.
– Clear any area of furniture and other materials that could be used as a shelter for pests during the storm.
-Keep an eye on your home after the storm passes – any damage caused by pests will require professional pest control treatment to fix!
Pest traps or baits are good if you suspect a pest infestation. However, to eliminate pests or to use pest traps and baits in tricky situations, you need the help of a professional.
Hurricane season increases mosquito activity
Mosquitoes can be a severe problem during hurricane season, especially in humid conditions, and mosquitoes have access to stagnant water. The CDC reports that mosquito activity will increase in areas near the coast due to hurricanes, and local news outlets may also report increased activities by mosquito populations.
If you find yourself with an increasing number of mosquitoes buzzing around your ears or nose during hurricane season, take steps to minimize their chances of biting you:
– Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and use insect repellent.
– Check and clean all screens and windows before entering your home, as mosquitoes can enter through small openings.
– Drain any standing water around your home, which may provide mosquito habitats.
– Keep animals inside during the hurricane, which will help reduce the number of mosquitoes attracted to your home.
Eliminate tainted food and debris
Spoiled food caused by extended power outages during bad weather can invite flies into your home. Flies breed in rotting food, potentially exposing family members to the disease. Deposit any spoiled food in a sealed trash bag outside the house to avoid attracting flies.
Food waste and clutter can also entice rodents displaced by the storms and seeking food and shelter. For this reason, ensuring that sanitation workers pick up discarded food on time is critical. These workers usually prioritize dealing with common garbage over construction debris in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Homeowners should separate these materials to ensure that trash is quickly picked up and organize debris piles away from home.
Contact a pest control professional for a home inspection
If you suspect or experience a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest control professional to conduct an inspection and work with you to develop a treatment plan. A professional assessment can help identify any issues before they get out of control.
Pest control is one of the most critical aspects of preparing for and weathering a hurricane. By taking the necessary precautions and following our pest control tips, you can protect your loved ones, property, and business from damage and pest infestation. Keep an eye on our website for more helpful information on pest control during hurricane season!