Do Pests Survive Flooding After A Hurricane?

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Do Pests Survive Flooding After A Hurricane?

The impact from Hurricane Ian has been catastrophic, causing an insurmountable amount of damage to homes and businesses across Southwest Florida. One effect from Hurricane Ian many don’t realize is damp conditions attract pests, rodents and wildlife who naturally search for a drier, more secure home – just like us. Homeowners in Cape Coral and Fort Myers should be on the lookout for pest infestations in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

Fire Ants Survive Floods After A Hurricane

Fire ants are very resourceful. During a flood, ant colonies link together to build a living raft with the queen and her larvae protected in the middle.

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This structured formation allows them to float to a new, drier location. Their waxy exterior protects them from the heat and also expels water. With the queen and her larvae protected, these rafts of hundreds or even thousands of ants stay afloat until they find a new home.

Palmetto Bugs Survive Floods After A Hurricane

Humid, wet surroundings also attract palmetto bugs to homes in large groves. Also known as the “American cockroach,” palmetto bugs thrive in flood-damaged areas. This type of cockroach breeds very fast, which makes it difficult to control.

Mosquitoes Survive Floods After A Hurricane

Standing water is a major issue in the aftermath of a flood since it provides the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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Bird baths, clogged gutters, buckets, plant pots, garbage cans and lids fill with water, attracting mosquitoes.  It is best to eliminate standing water immediately.

Rodents and Wildlife Survive Floods After A Hurricane

Did you know rodents are expert swimmers? Rodents, such as rats and mice, and wildlife, such as raccoons and opossums are likely to be displaced during a flood, forcing them to seek drier ground.  Be aware the structural damage you may have experienced from Hurricane Ian can easily create entry points for rodents and wildlife into your home.

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Overhanging tree branches can also be an issue and should be addressed right away.  These are idyllic pathways for a rat or mouse to make their way into your property.

If you see signs of a rodent infestation including droppings, scratching noises, and burrows around your home, call us immediately.

Termites Survive Floods After A Hurricane

Unfortunately, floods and standing water typically do not kill termites. In reality, damp and wet conditions attract termites, because this environment provides more material to feed on.  Basically, any wood that may have come in contact with water will be a magnet for termites.

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If flooding has damaged your foundation, termites can gain access to your structure. Seal any entry points as soon as possible. Then contact us after a flood in Sanibel, Fort Myers or Cape Coral to ensure you are protected from termites.

Flies Survive Floods After A Hurricane

Flies lay eggs in filth and waste, so they are drawn to garbage, overflowing sewage, and spoiled food in defective refrigerators – all of which are common after a flood. Toss spoiled food and ensure garbage is removed from your property as soon as possible.

What You Can Do For Pest Control After A Hurricane

Most pests are attracted to humid, damp conditions. One way to minimize a pest infestation in your home after a flood is to regulate the humidity.

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If you have power, and it is safe, run your AC which is designed to control humidity, too. Operate fans to help keep the humidity level at bay and open your garage to let fresh air in. Above all, ensure your safety first.

Contact Us For Pest Control After A Hurricane

We understand there is a lot to do in the aftermath of any natural disaster. We can help ensure you and your family are safe from pest infestations after Hurricane Ian. If you discover any pest problems in your Fort Myers or Cape Coral home during post-hurricane clean up, give us a call. 239-334-0880.