This hurricane season has been a busy one, and its effects will likely linger for awhile. After hurricanes have blown through areas, they leave behind conditions that are ideal for certain kinds of pests to thrive and cause problems. Beaufort County pest control companies are typically busy handling infestations during and after hurricane season.
Hurricanes are known for their destructive winds, but it’s the large amounts of water that cause more trouble. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. Soil that’s been saturated with a lot of water can cause rats and other pests that burrow in the ground to emerge and find other places to live.
Keep in mind that the winds from hurricanes also play a role as far as pests go. Damage from high winds can tear off roof shingles or leave other areas open for pests to get into. If you’ve had wind damage or a lot of water around, it’s important to be on the lookout for an increase in pests in and around your home.
Pest Infestations After Hurricanes
Mosquitoes are among the biggest pest problems that SC homeowners face after hurricanes. These insects rely on standing water to lay eggs, which means they have plenty of opportunities to increase their numbers. Larger numbers of mosquitoes lead to a higher risk of certain diseases being spread, such as West Nile virus.
Rats, mice, wasps and other pests that live in the ground might also be around more as they look for places to build new homes. Keep a lookout for these pests in your home and on your property.
If you’re having pest problems, thanks to hurricane season, let the experts at Island Pest Control handle them. As one of the leading Beaufort County pest control companies, we’re equipped to deal with all kinds of pests, including mosquitoes and rats.