How To Prevent Pests During Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season officially starts in South Carolina on June 1st and lasts until the end of November. The majority of storms hit the state during August and September, but this year the Atlantic has already seen nine named storms including Isaias which first gained tropical storm status south of Puerto Rico and worked its way up to a hurricane by the time it hit South Carolina.

Man protecting from storm by boarding up windows

While it’s important to prepare your home for the heavy rain and fierce winds these storms inevitably bring with them, it’s also crucial to consider pest control services and do-it-yourself pest prevention methods. Everyone is looking for shelter after a storm, including household rodents and insects. Mosquitoes, flies, and termites are a few of the most common pests you might encounter after a hurricane. Here’s how to prepare for hurricane season so you can protect against pests.

  1. Inspect your house: Before a storm rolls in, check your home for any structural issues. Cracks should be sealed and any existing water damage should be taken care of prior to the storm if possible. These seemingly small issues will only get worse if a hurricane hits and pests will take advantage of the opportunity to get into your home. Small cracks will make way for termites, flies, and mosquitoes to get inside while larger gaps could welcome rats, mice, racoons, or other large rodents. After the storm is over, check again for any new gaps and cracks.

  2. Keep food waste outside: Any spoiled food caused by a power outage will undoubtedly attract flies and rodents into your home. If you experience a power outage during a hurricane, prioritize getting rid of rotten food by placing it outside in a sealed garbage bag.

  3. Identify water damage: Leaks and burst pipes are common after hurricanes and other major storms, so moisture control is key. Many pests thrive in moist environments, including termites, which primarily eat rotting wood. Address any water damage as soon as possible and remove any debris from inside and around your house to avoid a termite infestation.

  4. Eliminate standing water: Check your gutters, drains, and water-holding containers for any standing water after a storm. These areas of water (even if they’re very shallow) will attract mosquitoes. Don’t forget to check your grill covers, outdoor furniture, and garbage cans for standing water as well so you can keep your backyard bug free and avoid creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The aftermath of a hurricane can be hectic, especially if you have to deal with unwanted pests. Keep these tips in mind as you prepare your home and remember to check up on these key areas after a storm has passed. Contact us at Home Pest to learn more about our pest control and prevention services in South Carolina.

 


Due to COVID-19, Home Pest Control will only be providing exterior pest control services at this time. This is to ensure both your safety and the safety of our technicians.

We are following all public health guidelines and the latest guidance from the CDC, including specific requirements that if employees are feeling unwell, they are not to report to work. We also ask that our customers take steps to prevent possible exposure to our staff.

With our current precautions in place, we are still committed to keeping your home pest-free and will continue to provide our services to the community safely and effectively.

For more information on pest control services, check out our Pest Prevention Seasonal Calendar to see which pests are active during hurricane season and how you can stop them from invading your home.

Sign up now to receive our free seasonal pest prevention calendar.

 

August 19, 2020


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