Six Pests To Look Out For After A Flood

water damage st george, water damage cleanup st george, water damage repair st georgeA flooded home is bad enough. An insect invasion following the flood makes matters even worse. Sometimes flooding inevitably brings in unwanted pests and insects. However, a large degree of insect invasions can be prevented by quick and effective water damage restoration response. Our team of restoration professionals at Ally1 Disaster Solutions in St. George are available for 24/7 emergency response to help you restore your home after a flood and prevent any insect invasions.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are gross. There’s just no way getting around it. Beyond being gross, they are also very resilient and hard to get rid of. A cockroach infestation in your home after a flood may open the door to future cockroach problems. The most common type of cockroach you may encounter is the American cockroach. It can reach up to two inches in length along with having fully functioning wings. It can also breed very quickly making them difficult to control.

Ants

One may think that ants are unlikely to survive a flood because of their small size. They are, however, very intelligent and resourceful. In fact, fire ants, while in a flood, join together to form a living raft allowing them to survive a flood. They can maintain this formation for up to two weeks until they finally find dry land. Once they finally do find dry land (which may be somewhere in your home) they can quickly become a serious problem.

Wasps

During a flood, the grubs that live in the soil get flushed out to the surface. These grubs are food for wasps which is why are naturally attracted to flooded areas. There is not much you can do to prevent the presence of grubs from attracting wasps. You can, however, be on the lookout for wasps and take care to remove hives before they become large.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes thrive in warm temperatures and high humidity. Thus, a flooded home in the summer is an ideal environment for them. The presence of mosquitoes is one reason to remove floodwater from your home as quickly as possible to keep them out of your home. This also decreases your risk for contracting West Nile or the Zika Virus.

Termites

After a flood, it is important to watch for signs of termites. Termites thrive in damp conditions. Standing water and wet insulation attract moisture-loving bugs. Wood that is wet for an extended time could lead to an above-ground termite infestation.

Camel Crickets

These highly invasive and aggressive insects love to feed on rotting wood that is common after flood damage. Once they invade a home or barn, they are difficult to get rid of. If a person tries to move away from the home, they often end up bringing the camel crickets along with them because they hide so easily in carpets and furniture.

Don’t let your home be overrun by unwanted pests! If your home is ever flooded, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Ally1 Disaster Solutions in St. George. Our restoration experts will quickly be out to your home to remove the water, repair the damage, and keep your home pest free.  

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