With flood season hitting many parts of the world right now, it is crucial to know how to respond to pest issues during the aftermath of a flood. If it is too late for prevention, there are still options for remedying the problem.

There are several different kinds of pest problems that can erupt after a flood. These common pests include ants, mosquitoes, snakes and reptiles, rodents, wasps, flies, cockroaches and mold and diseases. There are specific strategies to address each of these problems and eradicate the problem one and for all.

Ants: DIY Ant killer gel can work as a possible solution to smaller ant infestations. If it is larger, a professional call may be necessary to use stronger products.

Mosquitos: Mosquitos thrive under the conditions of a flood and populations grow immensely. There are a number of mosquito poison products on the market to use. Remember to wear bug spray in the meantime!

Snakes and reptiles: These animals will come into a home after a flood when their habitat is taken away, and they will require an immediate call to animal control. Sometimes, a snake repellant product will work here, but not always.

Rodents: Because of a need for a dryer shelter, rats and mice will travel around and be attracted to homes and garages. Traps and baits are the best way to deal with this pest problem.

Wasps: By finding food sources to eat after a flood, wasps find their way into houses and in garages. The best solution here is to use a product for wasps and other stinging insects.

Flies: With lots of waste and garbage present after a storm, flies are sure to flock over to your yard and house. To prevent a fly infestation, try to keep the areas as clean as possible and use fly control products as a secondary approach if they still come.

Cockroaches: These are especially common in hot, humid areas. Using a store-bought pesticide around windows, doors and other places of entry may be helpful in preventing cockroach infestation.

Mold and diseases: While mold and diseases may not be considered a “pest”, they are still very problematic and can be hazardous to health. If not controlled, they will continue to increase. It is best to first dispose of moldy elements in your home and then seek mold growth prevention products.

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