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How to Pest-Proof your Home during Storms

  • February 4, 2020
  • By Nick Vincent
How to Pest-Proof your Home during Storms

Natural disasters like storms and hurricanes can cause massive damage to our homes and property across the country. That’s why we need to make sure our homes are always ready before facing the damaging effect of this catastrophe. While we are preparing for the reinforcement of windows and other parts of our house, other threats like in the form of pests may take over after the storms have passed. Downed trees and stagnant water are some of the leading causes of pest formation. It is because insects will seek higher grounds and shelter for their safety, sometimes inside our homes. To adequately prepare for this pest outbreak, we are going to give you some pest control tips.

  1.   Plan a Pre-Storm Pest Control Effort

One of the best ways to prevent storm season pests is to carry out both interior and exterior inspection of your house. We need to seek and find any structural issues that may deteriorate more if a storm hits your property. Cracks on the wall and ceiling should be sealed at all times using a dry silicon sealant. Repair any existing water damage. With this, we can prevent the mosquitoes from multiplying and the formation of molds and algae because of damp or moistened area. You need to check also the slope of your house property so that the water will flow away and will not penetrate from the foundation of your house. In addition to this, pest breeding sites such as trash bin and garbage cans should be placed far from the home to keep the pests away. 


  1.   Segregate Food Waste Properly

During adverse weather conditions, prolonged power outages may occur. As a result, much-spoiled food might appear, and this can invite flies to your property. Flies multiply quickly on rotten foods; it can quickly spread diseases to your family. Make sure to deposit any spoiled food in a sealed bag outside your house to avoid the formation of flies. Second, segregate the biodegradable food to non-biodegradable materials. This action will help the garbage collector to quickly pick-up the trash. Ensure that discarded food is picked up promptly. 

  1.   Drain Stagnant Water to Neutralize Mosquito Breeding

The standing water left behind the storms and heavy rain will serve as the breeding ground of the mosquitoes. Make sure to check for any possible source of stagnant water. Check and clean the clogged gutters, flower pots, garbage cans, and lids. By draining and emptying these water containers, we can prevent the possible growth of a mosquito population in your property. 

  1.   Repair Any Openings Caused by Structural Damage

The high winds caused by storms can severely damage your structural property. Make sure to repair any openings in your house because it encourages larger pests such as rats, raccoons, wild birds, and squirrels to find shelter in your homes. In addition to this, seal any openings around windows and doors to further protect your homes against foreign pests during the rainy season. 

These are simple things you can do to control pests in your home. However, if you already experience pest infestation in your home, contact the pest control Toms River. They are experts when it comes to pest control, and they can solve any issues before they get out of control.

By Nick Vincent, February 4, 2020