Pascual Hernandez
Pascual Hernandez
One effect from flooding is the increase of pests in and around homes.


The thing to remember is that insects and small animals need shelter just like the rest of us.


When it floods and their habitats are destroyed, they will naturally seek out shelter to protect themselves from the elements.


Some common insects that tend to seek shelter in your home after flooding are ants, roaches, spiders and scorpions.


There are measures you can take, however.


Use insecticidal barriers.


Many home improvement stores will sell a residential grade insecticide that can protect the outside of your home from insects that are trying to get inside.
The chemical will absorb into the exoskeleton of the insect as they crawl over this invisible barrier.


Although these products may not be as strong as a professional grade insecticide, they can go a long way to keep pests under control until you can get your home professionally done.


Take out trash, food items, and clutter.


Take the trash out on a regular basis. Do not keep old food being kept inside the home because the bin has not been emptied for quite some time.
Remember that clutter around the house only encourages insects (like spiders) to take up residence.


Fix moisture leaks.


Insects love moisture.


Spiders like to set up their webs in areas

where there is a lot of moisture because it will attracts insects which they feed on.


The smallest amount of moisture can sustain a colony of ants for a long period of time.


Mosquitoes
After a big storm, mosquito populations can explode.


Mosquito problems occur in two distinct waves after a flood.


The first to arrive are the flood water mosquitoes, which include the salt marsh (Aedes taeniorhynchus, Aedes sollicitans) and pasture land mosquitoes (Psorophora columbiae, Psorophora cyanescens, Aedes vexans).


These mosquito species deposit their eggs on the soil in areas that are flooded periodically.


When flooded, the eggs hatch 5 to 7 days later, resulting in large swarms of mosquitoes during the warmest times of the year.


1. Reduce standing water that provides breeding sites. Eliminate containers such as old tires, buckets, cans and bottles that collect and hold rainwater and become good breeding sites for mosquitoes.


2. Use Bacillus thuringiensis products such as Mosquito Dunks® to treat permanent water bodies to eliminate larvae.


3. Mow tall grass or reduce the amount of brush and other foliage in your area to reduce the resting sites for adult mosquitoes.