Australia has, once again, been experiencing massive floods. People of Sydney have had to evacuate their homes. On top of displacing people, forcing evacuations, floods destroy property, damaging business and residential property, and even leading to injury and death. The aftermath of floods is devastating. Entire communities may have to gut their homes in an effort to prevent mold. They may also be displaced and face supply-chain difficulties getting the supplies they need. As this is the third flood to hit Sydney this year we will once again see how the aftermath of this devastating event will lead to an increase in pest activity.
While pests may not seem like a major problem compared to the more immediate and dramatic effects of the flood, they can create a tremendous problem in the aftermath of flooding. Pests can also be a problem in areas that are not flooded, as animals flee from flood areas. More than annoying, pests can spread disease, contaminate food and water, and cause property damage. That is why it is important to be aware of the risk of common pests and floods.
Rodents and mosquitoes are the biggest pest threat related to increasing flooding
Rodents are the biggest pest threat related to flooding. Rodent infestations are common after a flood. They have been displaced from their homes and are looking for a place to live. In addition, the garbage and debris from floods give them both a food source and a place to hide. Securing food items, cleaning eating areas immediately, and properly putting away food waste is important.
Another common flood related pest problem is mosquitoes. Floods leave behind pooling, stagnant water, which is where mosquitoes breed. Mosquitoes are annoying pests that can cause discomfort. However, they are more than just a nuisance. Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal in history because they are a vector for serious diseases. That is why it is important to avoid mosquito bites. Use mosquito repellant and cover up as much as possible. Remove stagnant water when you can. You can also use different yard solutions to help reduce mosquitoes.
While mosquitoes and rodents are the two largest flood-related pest problems, they are not the only ones. Floods can lead to problems with flies, cockroaches, and other pests, as well. Flooding can overwhelm your normal prevention efforts and lead to infestations even if you have never previously had a pest problem. So, it may be time to rely on the professionals. At Flick, we can help you prevent potential pest problems that can result from nearby flooding. We can also help you with extermination if you are experiencing a post-flood pest issue. Call us today to find out more.
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