Preventative Pest Control: When to Retreat Flooded Homes for Termites

When a home floods, the homeowner is usually concerned with salvaging possessions from the water and getting an estimate on fixing the damage after the water is sucked out or drains away. Preventative pest control usually isn’t at the top of the priority list, but it should be. That’s because home flooding can become a welcome sign for termites to enter a home and start chewing away sideboards, millwork, paneling, and just about everything else made of wood.

When to Retreat for Termites After Flooding
A clogged kitchen sink that spills water on the floor or a minor flood in your basement from a backed up floor drain usually aren’t reasons to retreat your home for termites. However, when the flood is severe, and it comes from outside, initiating preventative pest control for termites is often the best option, even if the outside of your residence is treated with professional termite repellant.

When water from a flood moves through your yard and into your home, it can disturb the soil that contains termite repellent that forms a barrier that keeps the insects from accessing your residence. If you’re unsure about whether this has happened, below are six major signs that it probably has, signs that indicate you should retreat your flooded home for termites.

  • Substantial soil erosion near foundation of home
  • Flood repairs that require removal of termite treated soil
  • Flood repairs that require new soil near foundation of home
  • Wooden parts of home (e.g., porches) shifting away in the flood
  • Floodwater deposits of new soil near foundation of home

Even if the area around your home was comprehensively treated for termites just days before the flood, having it retreated will cost far less than replacing significant wood damage that could occur if termites silently crawl into your house’s wall spaces and floor spaces and do what they do best: destroy a residence from the inside out. In addition to the cost of repairing the termite damage, you would incur the necessary cost of retreating for termites, as well.

Flood Season is Just Around the Corner
April showers bring May flowers, as the old saying goes. But they can also bring unexpected floods when it rains enough to wash away soil and turn areas of your home into makeshift wading pools. If your property experiences a flood that disturbs the soil around the structure in the five ways listed above, please call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to ensure that all you experience are the effects of flooding and not extensive termite damage on top of them.

You can reach us any time during business hours by calling (314) 732-1413. You can also email us at After you contact us, we’ll send one of our experienced termite control specialists to your location to survey the scene. It may turn out that you don’t need another round of preventative pest control for termites, but it could also be the case that you do. If so, we’ll explain exactly why and propose the most effective, affordable solution!

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