Although Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm, it still managed to wreak havoc across some densely populated areas of Florida with gusty winds and heavy rainfall.
Hurricanes can upset everyday living. Thousands of people displaced, millions left without power, roofs ripped off houses, flooded streets, and mudslides are not the only damages strong stormy whirlwinds cause.
As a matter of fact, there’s one other way tropical cyclones can affect a region: by inviting pests into your households, offices and properties.
You may have returned to your home damaged by water and wind, but you might not have expected to discover a pest infestation also.
An epidemiologist at the University of California-Davis, Chris Barker, is reported to have said that severe flooding initially brings about a “flushing effect” which reduces mosquito colonies for a short period of time, the reason being that the mosquito larvae need to stay stationary as they come up to the surface of the water to breathe.
However, a lot of still water left on the roads soon results in an upsurge in mosquito populations.
He says, “You can imagine that creates a lot of habitat.”
Although the death tolls in Florida from Hurricane Irma (42) seem to be lower than those in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey (82), health professionals have predicted long-term health repercussions of the 2017 hurricane season.
Read on as we provide you the information about how to identify and control potential pest populations that might want to take over your damaged and deserted home.
Know The Conditions That Result In Severe Pest Infestation
It’s important to note that hurricanes can bring in an influx of pests such as mosquitoes, rodents, wildlife, cockroaches, ants, termites and carpenter ants.
The huge volume of water left behind on the roads or collected in tree holes and cracks is a haven for mosquitoes. Due to warmer temperatures during the day, a mosquito egg laid in the stagnant water completes its metamorphosis within no time. This, in turn, gives way to several thousands of disease-carrying mosquitoes all set to spread infections such as dengue fever, yellow fever and malaria.
Long-term power outages may also cause a large outbreak of pest population. Also, rotting food that sits in the refrigerators for prolonged durations attracts maggots and flies.
Get Rid of Pest Breeding Sites In Your Home
Take a walk around your home and eliminate any possible sources of standing water:
- Pet bowls
- Trash cans
- Children’s toys or other container-shaped household items
- Sewage-laden gutters
In addition, upholstery and furniture drenched in water is also a natural breeding site for termites and carpenter ants.
Understand Which Pests Are a Bigger Threat
Water-saturated soils can allow insects, rodents and other wildlife sneak into your home or property to seek new shelter. Fallen trees will force squirrels to look for a safer dwelling place and your home without a roof or a side wall allows them to enter freely into the attics. Rats and mice may burrow into floor levels. Wildlife including reptiles of all kinds, birds, bats etc., might also enter your abandoned home unabashedly.
If an evacuation or excessive structural damage kept you away from your Columbus-based home and you returned only to find pests and wildlife in and around it, we recommend that you bring in a professional pest exterminator.
Xterminator Pest Control can help you ensure that the unwelcome creatures are shown the way out, and your house becomes habitable again.