St. Louis residents have faced an awful week of heavy rains and flooding, resulting in damage and devastation. Along with the destruction that is easily seen comes pest issues that will present themselves in response to the flooding. What does that look like as a homeowner? What pest control issues are related to the heavy rains and flooding?
Not Only Humans Affected by Heavy Rains and Flooding
There is a natural uptick in pest activity following heavy rains and flooding. You are very likely to see an increase in ant activity inside your house. Their homes have been flooded out so ants move into your home to seek shelter and food. Make your home less attractive by keeping food in tightly sealed containers and wiping up all crumbs from counters and floors. At the first sign of increased activity be sure to contact a pest control company to get the invasion taken care of before it gets any larger.
Another pest that needs to find immediate shelter during prolonged storms is the raccoon. Often dwelling in sewers, as the water inside rises raccoons need to find a safe, dry place to live. Your attic is just what they are looking for and they don’t care what is in their way to access it! Raccoons will chew through, and/or tear off, your roof vent covers, soffiting, gable vents, and even the roof itself to get inside your attic. Once inside the damage continues from urine, feces, and possibly babies being born in the attic as the little family enjoys its new home in your house. Being proactive is always smart–have a pest control technician (who is a wildlife specialist!) inspect your roofline and vents for any gaps that could make it easier for a raccoon to choose your home. It is always wise and cheaper to prepare your home defensively against an infestation than to get rid of an infestation and the resulting damage.
The Pests Yet To Come…
The aftermath of heavy storms creates a perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed. The number one way to reduce mosquitoes breeding in your yard is to vigilantly remove all traces of standing water. Some locations are easy to spot, such as pools and birdbaths. But since mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a capful of water, some of the other breeding spots may not be as obvious. Pay close attention to water collecting in or on trash cans, tarps covering yard machinery, gutters, old tires, plastic bags, and even discarded water bottle caps. As with other pests, make your yard as unattractive as possible for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and take hold.
While nothing can keep a stray mosquito from flying into your yard, your greatest chance for enjoying your yard safely without the threat of mosquitoes is to have monthly mosquito sprays from May through October. It is important to have professional-grade products applied by licensed mosquito exterminators if your goal is to kill mosquito eggs, larvae, and adults. Treatment efficacy is lessened over time by heat and by rain, which necessitates a monthly re-application. The great news is that using Holper’s targeted treatment approach can reduce your mosquito population by up to 97%!
Holper’s To The Rescue
While we can’t stop the rain, we can help you with any pest problems you encounter because of it! Because our trained professionals treat insects AND wildlife, one call to Holper’s can take care of all your pest control problems. We also excel at inspecting your home and yard to let you know what can be done proactively to prevent infestations in the first place. Call us today at 314-732-1413 and let Holper’s give you peace of mind!