The recent severe weather in the Little Rock area has caused damage to homes and surrounding ecosystems, and unfortunately, storm season is just beginning. At Clark Exterminating, we thought it might be helpful to write about some of the effects bad weather has on insect and animal populations, and how you might want to take extra precautions after heavy storms when it comes to protecting your home against pests.
Pests are like us – they need shelter. However, this means that one effect that heavy rain and storms have is an increased risk of pests around the home as they are forced out of their usual shelters. If you already need pest control around Little Rock, Conway, Hot Springs or anywhere in Central Arkansas give us a call at 501-588-2514 for all your extermination needs, but here are some tips if you’re trying to keep your home bug-free this storm season:
Remove Sources of Food and Water
When insects enter your home, they’re looking for shelter and nourishment. Keeping a clean kitchen and storing all food in airtight containers is a good first step, but many pests (especially spiders) love moisture. Therefore, look for areas where moisture is usually a problem – leaky faucets, attics, basements, etc. and take extra precautions to limit moisture in these areas after a bad storm.
Many pests can find ways into your home no matter how much you prepare (ants for one), but you can certainly limit the number of insects in your home by inspecting your foundation and sealing any cracks greater than the size of a dime. Storm season has a habit of causing roof damage as well, so you may want to check that area for any holes wide enough for pests to fit through. If you have any serious damage, such as broken windows or doors, you may want to look into temporary covers until repairs can be made.
“Here at Clark Exterminating, we understand how valuable life and home can be. That’s why we work to protect your home each and every day. We send our deepest condolences to those who lost so much in the tornadoes and storms that swept through our state on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims. We encourage you to contribute to the relief effort. Many local organizations are accepting donations of food, water, or other necessities with everything going straight to affected areas. Get involved, and then batten down the hatches and let’s make it through storm season safe and sound.” – John and Denise