On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast and dropped more than 50 inches of rain in some areas. After a storm and subsequent flooding of this magnitude, many pests start to show up in large numbers. In our prior blog, we reviewed a few pests that emerge and increase in numbers following a flood, and in today’s blog, we’ll review a few tips on pest control and prevention in the aftermath of extreme storms and flooding.
For more than 20 years, Pest Arrest has provided industry-leading pest control to the residents of Spring and Katy, and the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought has only increased the need for pest control in our area. It is our privilege, and our duty, to help you reclaim a sense of normalcy following the storm, and we stand ready to be your go-to pest control company in Southeast Texas. Contact us today for a free estimate!
Assess the Situation
The first step you should take in your pest prevention efforts is to carefully assess what type of pests you are dealing with. For some homeowners, this means calling in the experts to provide proper pest identification services. If you feel comfortable identifying the pests yourself, selecting the proper pest control treatment, and safely applying it, you may choose the DIY route for applying pesticides. In either case, a thorough initial assessment is essential for proper pest eradication.
Know Your Treatment Options
When it comes to pest control, there are several different types of treatment options available, regardless of whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional. The most common options include:
- Chemical barriers — this type of treatment can be very effective for both interior and exterior pest control methods. If you’re wondering how to get rid of ants or roaches, this may be your best bet.
- Traps — although more hands-on, traps are very versatile and they can be set either inside of your home or outside. They can be very effective at capturing pests such as mice, rats, and other rodents following a flood.
- Natural options — some homeowners don’t like the idea of using chemicals or traps in their pest control efforts. In these cases, natural pest control sprays and even your own pets can help manage pests following a storm.
You may choose to practice one of these methods, or a combination of methods to rid your home of pests following a flood. If you’d like to leave it to the professionals, the friendly technicians at Pest Arrest are happy to help!
Prevent Pests from Returning
Once you have put your chosen pest control method into place, you want to do everything you can to keep the bugs and rodents from coming back. We’ve listed some helpful prevention tips below:
- Block possible entry points. This may include boarding up broken windows or placing steel wool in large cracks and crevices.
- Eliminate moisture. Pests love moisture and humidity. Following a flood, professional water mitigation can help ensure your home is 100 percent dry.
- Thoroughly clean. Removing food sources and unsanitary conditions can help make your home inhospitable for new pests.
Industry-Leading Pest Control in Spring
If you’re a resident of Spring who has seen an influx of pests following Hurricane Harvey, call the professionals at Pest Arrest! We have the skills, knowledge, and equipment needed to get rid of ants, mosquitoes, rodents, and more following severe storms and flooding. Call 281-825-5659 today to get started — we look forward to serving you!