Pest Control News

Friday, 5 February 2016

Could Flooding affect Pest Infestations in Your Area?

Many parts of the UK have been at the mercy of the elements this year. From strong gale force winds, to lashing rain, many people have been forced out of their homes. Flooding has affected many parts of the UK too this winter.
Just like humans forced from their homes by rising flood waters, animals too have been affected by the floodS waters. Some of these animals will find new places to live in their normal, natural habitat. Other pests, however, will look for a safe, dry place to nest that encroaches on our space – and this brings many hazards. 
Rats live in river banks and so on, but with the rising waters they will search inland for drier places to nest. This can mean taking up residence in garages, cellars, sheds and other outbuildings. Not only can they cause expensive and catastrophic damage, they also spread a bacterium that if ingested, can makes us ill. Death can also result too. 
So, as the winter weather passes the time has come to take a look at the exterior of your property, including gardens and outbuildings for signs of possible pest issues. It is also the time to take action to prevent possible issues too:
  • Check for holes in exterior walls of your property, including sheds, garages and so on – a mouse can squeeze through the smallest of holes, as can a rat, so sealing the whole as best you can with an appropriate material is the best move.
  • Check for holes around pipes too – gaps around pipes that run in and out of the home can also be small enough cervices for all kinds of pests to find their way inside. 
  • Check window frames – frames of some outbuildings will be single pane and also made from wood. Wood can soon rot, especially during times of flooding and heavy, incessant rain. This can make for easy access for many pests, including opportunistic rats. 
  • Tidy the garden – after a flood, tidying the garden might be the last thing on your list. But, with river levels often remaining high for some weeks after flooding, many pests are unable to return to their natural habitats. Thus, trimming the underside of bushes and removing rubbish etc. will help to make your garden less appealing to pests. 
  • Bins and compost heaps – anywhere where there is rotting rubbish, whether it is food or other rotting matter, there is the potential for a pest issue. From flies to rats, to rummaging foxes, making sure that your bins are sealed can be effective in making the exterior of your property less of a pest supermarket. 
  • Get rid of clutter – after a flood, many people will have a mountain of damaged goods and items that need to be removed from their property. As they dry out the interior, these items will often be removed to outside. Ensure that these are removed as quickly as possible to prevent possible infestations by creepy crawlies. 

The winter weather can cause an imbalance in the natural habitat of animals and birds, but can also encourage infestations by all kinds of insects. If in doubt or you need advice, call a pest control company like us!