Hurricanes (tropical storms, or even heavy rains during our rainy season) are as common in SW Florida as snowstorms are up north, so at some point, while living in paradise, you will experience hurricane conditions on some level. Recently, here in Lee county we experienced the wrath of Hurricane Ian. The destruction and aftermath was catastrophic in parts of our county, leaving residents unable to get to their homes, some with out homes, and many with damaged homes and or businesses. Downed trees, tree branches and household debris every where. The aftermath of a hurricane is crazy and confusing, so many things to worry about. Something that usually falls low on the priority list is with the high winds and rain from the hurricane (or any storm for that matter) not only are we displaced, but it displaces wildlife, rodents, and brings out the pests. They are all seeking new shelter, higher ground from the rain, and new places to breed and lay eggs. Below are some thing to consider while trying to get life back to normal.
- Rodents are great swimmers, which means they are well equipped to seek dry shelter during hurricane conditions
- Rain will flood lower lying areas where rats hide and nest
- Strong winds will also damage nesting areas of rodents, forcing them to seek high ground a.k.a. inside your home, up in your attic
- Hurricane debris (fallen trees, tree branches, tree trunks, displaced household goods) piled up along roads, in empty fields, or all over your property provide shelter for rats
- Loosened soil around holes and around the roots of fallen trees become ideal burrowing sites rodents
While doing the clean up around your home or business keep in mind some of the following:
- Clear debris that provides shelter for rodents around houses and buildings
- Trim back lawns and over grown vegetation near your home to eliminate any potential protective covering they might present
- Remove potential food sources such as household trash, spoiled or discarded food or anything else that might attract mice and rats
- Place piles of debris and trash as far away from your home or business as possible
- Inspect your home or business exterior. New gaps in siding, soffits or other details can provide rats with easier access to sheltered areas such as your crawlspace, attic, or even wall voids
There are so many things to worry about after a hurricane, let the professionals here at American Allegiance Pest Control take care of any and all of your rodent control and or pest control needs.