Floods are bad enough. The last thing anyone wants after a flood is to deal with infestations of pests such as mosquitoes, ants, rodents, termites, cockroaches, and wasps. To prevent this from happening to you, our restoration technicians at Water Damage Express in Broward County are available 24 hours a day. We will quickly and effectively remove the water from your home, clean up the mess, and ensure that it is a pest-free zone. Here is a little more information about each of the pests mentioned above and why you want to keep them out of your home.
Few pests are as notorious and annoying as mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love standing, tepid pools of water, a flooded home is an ideal environment for them. It is important to take care of the water damage quickly because it doesn’t take long for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and breed an entirely new generation of pests.
Ants are probably the most notorious pests to appear after a flood. When flood waters finally begin to recede, it is likely that you will see colonies of ants, particularly fire ants, which have been displaced from their nest floating around. Even worse, is that these ants clump together in large groups of hundreds, or even thousands.
Nothing ruins the cozy, comfortable feeling of being home more quickly than rodents running around the house. Flooding forces rats and mice to move out of their hiding places and into the open. Rats are persistent, survival experts and will do whatever it takes to survive including taking up residence in your home. Furthermore, rodents are especially important to keep out of your home due to a large number of dangerous diseases they may be carriers of.
After a flood, it is important to watch for signs of termites. Termites thrive in damp conditions. Standing water and wet insulation attract these moisture-loving bugs. Wood that is wet for an extended time could lead to an above-ground termite infestation. If your foundation or footing is damaged termites can gain access to your house.
Cockroaches thrive in moist environments. Make sure your home is restored quickly if it is flooded to keep them out. It is especially important to prevent cockroaches from ever getting into your home because they can do so resilient and difficult to kill. Cockroaches getting into your home after a flood may be a gateway to future cockroach problems even after the restoration process is complete.
Wasps are known for appearing after a flood because they usually find food sources to feasts on like grubs which have been washed out of the soil. Wasps prey on the grubs and then see plenty of areas where they can set up shop, such as an eave of the home or a garage. Again, the best way to prevent this problem is by cleaning up the damage quickly before wasps have time to make themselves comfortable around your home.
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at Water Damage Express in Broward County so we can restore your home after a flood and keep those pesky pests out!