Weathering the Hurricane Season: How To Protect Against Pests

Weathering the Hurricane Season: How To Protect Against Pests

Weathering the Hurricane Season: How To Protect Against Pests

Particularly in the perpetually humid Florida climate, fending off pests that thrive in moist environments can be a boon for most year-round state residents.

But if there’s one thing that is all but guaranteed to leave your home vulnerable to pests, it’s the constant rain seen annually during the hurricane season. If you’re wondering why this is and how best you can combat it, we’re here to provide you with all of the answers you’ve long sought …

Take A Stand Against Standing Water

Mosquitoes, among other insects, seek out pools of water to lay their eggs during the spring and summer seasons, making hurricane season to be a particularly prolific time for pests in general.

Thus, eliminating standing water in and around your home during the rainiest months of the year will reduce your chances of acquiring unpreferable welts, bites, and itches.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lakes or ponds are not the only places where mosquitoes and other pests will settle. Be sure to also tackle other outdoor items that are likely to collect water, including buckets, toys, old tires, potted plants, and more.

Fortify Your Home’s Defenses

Heading for high ground in the face of flooding is undoubtedly the safest choice you can make. But you’re not the only one liable to seek shelter elsewhere when torrential downpours threaten your wellbeing — bugs and other pests will also clamor toward dry shelters in the wake of hurricanes.

And their choice destination for refuge is — you guessed it — your home.

Be sure to check for cracks or leaks around doors, windows, patio screens, and even your roof, as all of these act as potential gateways for bugs to enter your home. To deter them from entering in the first place, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends “removing rubbish from near the home, including excess lumber, firewood, and similar materials.”

These items, according to the CDC, should be stored above ground with at least 18 inches of clearance below them.

When Your Protection Needs Protection

The National Pest Management Association indicates that “Hurricanes, strong storms, heavy rains, and other extreme weather events” can impact treated soil or other previously-applied pesticides, rendering them less effective, if at all.

For this reason, it’s important to not only seal your home and prevent against intrusion but to invest in regular treatments that you can trust will protect your home throughout the changing seasons.

That’s why Certified Pest Solutions offers its Certified Home Protection Bundle, which includes a total of four annual treatments and covers a broad range of household pests. From mosquitoes to termites, fleas, roaches, and more, hurricane season won’t put a dent in pest protection with our services on your side.

If you’re ready to fortify your home against unwanted pests year-round, contact Certified Pest Solutions today at (904) 406-0946 to schedule your free inspection!