Your home is a warm and cozy place to be during a hurricane because the winds move mosquitoes, wasps and termites from their nests while water-logged soils force ants and burrowing pests to seek higher-ground.
With Hurricane Irma churning in the Atlantic and only days away, we’ve prepared some home pest control hurricane tips. Start taking these proactive measures to keep your home pest free before and after Hurricane Irma.
Prepping for the Insect Invasion
- Install door sweeps or thresholds at the base of all exterior entry doors.
Moist conditions are a “vacancy” sign for pests like termites.
- Replace/repair window screens.
Insect prevention during power outages.
- Seal cracks & openings in the buildings foundation.
To prevent ants, termites and other pests.
- Seal any piping holes from gas, electric or A/C work.
If a mouse can get its nose in, it’s body is following, 1/10” is all it needs.
- Clear your home’s perimeter of wood, leaves, mulch & grass clippings.
to help prevent termites and ants from moving in at the first site of rain.
- Place wood and yard debris as far away from home as possible – at least 25’.
Moisturized wood can attract termites, rodents & ants.
Home Preparation Tips
- Remove, store or secure outdoor objects. (ex: trash cans, furniture, kids’ toys, lawn equipment)
Any amount of standing water attracts mosquitoes not to mention this is a safety hazard.
- Make sure windows and door frames are intact.
Properly board-up or tape over windows to reduce flying glass in the event of breakage.
- Store & secure any materials that could fly during high wind speeds.
(ex: building materials, lawn equipment, flashing, metal, suspended signage, free-standing equipment)
- Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs.
Make sure tree limbs are at least 4’ – 6’ away from buildings and its roof line to prevent pests.
- Trim shrubs.
Make sure shrubs are at least 12” to 18” away from any structure.
- Secure or replace any damaged or loose gutters or downspouts.
- Move all old equipment at least 25’ away from buildings.
Basic Preparation Tips
- Create an emergency preparedness plan.
- Review local evacuation procedures and know where to go!
- Hurricane Checklist by CNN
After the Hurricane
Pests may relocate after a hurricane due to flooding and others are attracted to moisture such as termites.
- Be on the lookout for Red Imported Fire Ants in flood waters and debris.
- Repair structural damages to your home or buildings ASAP to prevent entrance by rodents and insects.
- Pick up toppled trash cans and scattered trash to avoid rodent and wildlife infestations.
- Throw away, remove or dry-out and thoroughly clean all wet or moisture-soaked furniture, mattresses, photo albums and carpets/floorings.
- If you have to remove trees, keep the branches and stumps as far away from the house as possible. Decaying wood can attract termites and ants.
- Check for any damages to building structures.