5 Tips for Bug Control After a Hurricane
It’s raining. It’s pouring. The bugs are coming in.
After a heavy storm, like Hurricane Florence, expect to see more roaches and ants in your home than usual. That’s because excess water creates a very nurturing habitat for pests, unfortunately.
And the more water, the more bugs. So, after flood waters have receded, you can be certain that something unwanted has crept into your home.
But have no fear. There are steps you can take to minimize the invasion and kick out unwanted pests.
1. Get rid of excess moisture
Bugs love damp environments. Spiders, roaches, and mosquitoes in particular thrive in moist places.
Dry everything. Fans and dehumidifiers can speed up the process considerably. And be sure to check for any leaking pipes and fix those immediately. If carpet has become completely saturated, remove it. Drywall that that as absorbed water must also be cut away and discarded. And be sure to have some Zevo handy just in case bugs are hiding behind or underneath anything.
2. Block where bugs come in
Get ready to DIY. Bugs can sneak in through the tiniest holes, in particular ones you don’t even know are there. Examine the caulk along baseboards, windows, and bathtubs. Look at your walls for any cracks—these are especially common if the foundation of your home has shifted.
If there’s a crack or crevice, ants, spiders, and other pests can—and will—come through. Fill these holes with caulk, putty, or an appropriate filler to keep bugs from entering.
3. Set traps
When it comes to mosquitos, setting traps may be your best offense. Mosquitos and flies find the glowing blue light of Zevo Flying Insect Traps particularly appealing. Plus, snaring them in traps is easier than chasing them around with a fly swatter.
Place Zevo traps near doors, open windows, trash cans, and in bathrooms—places where flying bugs come in and hang out. Move your traps around for maximum effectiveness.
4. Clean and sanitize
Large storms bring in all sorts of things that people can’t see but bugs can. This includes a fine film that covers all surfaces that bugs can get nourishment from. Gross. So, it’s very important to wipe down all surfaces with cleaner, from walls to countertops.
Be sure to clean under sinks and behind movable appliances, too. Things can collect in these tight spaces that will keep bugs coming back no matter how clean the rest of your home is.
And when a bug creeps out from underneath the washing machine, greet it with a spray of Zevo.
5. Declutter or move clutter
After a huge storm, debris becomes its own problem. Not only is it difficult to remove, but it attracts all sorts of pests—not just bugs.
After removing clutter, carpeting, drywall, and whatever else from your home, get it as far away as possible. Wherever you build the pile, it will attract bugs and vermin; there’s no way around that. It’s better to put your refuse close to the street then next to your home.
After Hurricane Florence
Team Zevo has some firsthand experience with post-flood cleanup—some of us live in Houston and dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. So, we went to North Carolina after Hurricane Florence to provide some helping hands, not to mention plenty of Zevo to help keep bugs at bay.
If you want to help the people of North Carolina but you’re unable to donate your time, money is the top necessity once flood waters recede. Please consider donating to ReBUILD NC, The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund which is currently accepting contributions for Hurricane Florence damage. Contributions will help with immediate unmet needs of Hurricane Florence victims. Contributions are made online by a secure link. Or text Florence to 20222.
The to-do list after a storm can be daunting, however, preventing and minimizing the threat of bugs is already part of the cleanup process. Be sure to have some added pest control measures—like cans of Zevo—on hand to safely* take care of the bugs.
*When used as directed.