Hurricane season brings with it a plethora of issues for those who live in the eastern and southern parts of the United States. Bringing with them dangerous winds, rain, and flooding, hurricanes can arrive without much warning and leave significant amounts of damage in their wake. Not only that, but hurricanes can leave your property exposed to secondary damage related to Houston pest control problems.
Once a storm has passed, much work needs to be done. Assessing which damage should be fixed immediately and which can wait should include issues related to safety as well as to pest control. Here are some situations pests may find appealing following a hurricane:
One of the most attractive environments for many pests is the presence of standing water and high humidity. Mosquitoes, centipedes, slugs, snails, and other critters absolutely thrive on the weather just after it has rained. Flooding related to hurricanes can often relocate certain pests, such as rodents or ants, right into the area of your home or office building—even if you’ve never had a problem with them before.
Strong winds can fling debris about, creating damage to structures. Holes in doors and windows, roof damage, gaps in siding, and water-logged structures act as beacons attracting critters. Following a severe storm such as a hurricane, pests will be searching for a warm, dry place to nest, and even holes as small as ¼” can allow rodents and other annoying creatures to sneak into your home.
Trash and rubbish, wet from the rain, may be thrown about during a hurricane. Although it may not seem like it should be at the top your priority list, cleaning up random debris on your property is critical to keeping critters from seeking a safe harbor near your home.
Hurricanes can reveal food sources that pests might find attractive, including food that has been left uncovered or inadvertently allowed to spoil. Evacuations and long power outages can leave food to spoil, drawing the attention of critters such as disease-ridden flies, maggots, and cockroaches.
Understanding which pests thrive after a hurricane will help you to be on the lookout for them. Here are some of the most common pests found following a storm:
Following a hurricane or storm, use these steps to prevent infestation of insects:
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