Recently much of the coast in North Carolina and South Carolina was shaken to the core by Hurricane Florence. With this storm it brought disastrous flooding and severe destruction which left hundreds and possibly thousands of homes damaged from the storm. As much as it is devastating to watch our communities begin to work to rebuild their lives and homes we know that it will take time to do so. As if we didn’t have enough to deal with, there is another major issue that will add to our troubles from the flooding: unwanted pests. This happens to be a common side effect from the amount of water and damage it has caused, also caused an upset for pests and wildlife. They too have been forced from their homes as a result of the heavy rains and flooding.
If you happen to be dealing with this aftermath of flooding and have been plagued by the presence of unwanted pests, Bug-N-A-Rug understands. We too live in an area and have gone through the same problems as you have. We have the tools, products and knowledge to help you overcome the infestation of pests as you and your family rebuild your life after Hurricane Florence.
Common Pests That Emerged After Hurricane Florence and the Floods
We know that we aren’t the only ones who were affected by the heavy rains and flooding. Insects and animals have had their homes ravaged as well by the disaster. Some of us might have sought shelter during and after the storms and just like us, pests and wildlife will do the same to stay safe. But unfortunately, it would be our homes and these pesky critters will seek out our home as their new breeding area.
We understand that mosquitoes are some of the most annoying pests out there, but they have been known to make an appearance after the heavy rains and flooding. While we may be miserable if we head outside and try to clean up, it seems that mosquitoes thrive in these conditions. On top of making sure that you protect yourself with using DEET, it will not though get rid of them. In addition to their itchy bites they leave, they are also dangerous because they have the ability to carry diseases such as West Nile and the Zika Virus. Mosquitoes can kill more people annually worldwide than any other insects.
Another pest that many have to deal with after flooding is ants. As the water begins to recede after the flood, you can expect to find a lot of ants. You will also find a large quantity of fire ants after the storm and floods too. But did you know that fire ants can build their mounds on the water? This has been seen in a lot of different areas this year during the flooding. Know that if you step on them, they will bite. But many people are allergic to them and after you get bit you will find blisters on your feet and legs. We suggest avoiding the mounds and calling us in to help take control of the infestation!
Rats & Mice
Most of us are used to seeing rodents whenever the weather changes, even a little change you will see them. But you also can see a rise in rats and mice after a flood because they too have been forced from their homes. You often will see them in your home or garage making a new home but they have survived thousands of years being able to squeeze or chew their way into dry areas.
Many homes these days have already been treated for termites, but when a major flood happens this can cause for the treatment to be compromised. Moving water and soil can create treatment gaps allowing termites to access your home. This will require for a re-application of termite protection materials to help keep your home safe.
Mold and Mildew
Many know that mold and mildew is the leading cause of death amongst those who have health issues. Be sure to check everywhere in your home even if you did not have flooding. Check under your crawl space and if you had any damage to your roof or siding be sure to check everywhere. If you happen to have any damage, moisture will evaporate up and into your home which in return will cause mold and mildew. This can cause major health-related problems along with the threat of pest infestation. If you aren’t so sure, please have a professional check for you.
Any storm such as Hurricane Florence can cripple a subdivision, neighborhood, or even an entire town. Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators understand and know what you are going through because we are in North Carolina and the area. We want to be able to help you in any way we can with dealing with the pests that you may be experiencing after the storm. We have offices in Wilmington, Brunswick County and Hampstead and know what you are going through. We do have a special on a post-hurricane mosquito yard treatment for $75.00 for average sized yards. Please give us a call today at 910-754-9700 to get started with a treatment for your home!