Pest Control Challenges Posed by Rain
Rain will drive different kinds of insects or pests -- including rodents -- into your home. Suddenly you can have an invasion of ants, cockroaches, sow bugs, pill bugs, centipedes and mosquitoes. All heading to safety because prolonged rainfall can provide pests access points that did not exist before. It is not unusual for heavy rain to cause damage to certain parts of a property that can produce cracks, holes, or other openings for pests. You should note that most pests do not need a large space to get through; there doesn’t have to be a gaping hole. Small, difficult to spot access points are sufficient.
Rainfall also aids breeding. Many pests reproduce quickly during the rainy season. If you live in an area that receives sufficient rainfall regularly during the warmer months, then your house will be vulnerable to a breakout of different kinds of insects, rodents and other pests. Water won’t necessarily drain away from the neighborhood where you live. Standing or stagnated water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Not only are mosquitoes irritating bloodsuckers, they are carriers of disease. Mosquitoes can spread infectious diseases in a very short span of time and your entire family could fall sick.
Effects of Rain on Pest Control Treatments
There are two common concerns homeowners have pertaining to pest control approaches and rain. Many people believe that pest control is futile if it rains since the water can wash away any substances or materials used. The other common perception is that pest control is unnecessary before or during any prolonged rainfall as there will be a breakout immediately after; so you will have to repeat the process anyway. Neither of these assumptions are accurate. In reality, pest control works well and in some cases even more effectively when it rains.
Houses have dry interiors even when it is pouring outside, unless there is a damaged roof or other structural issues causing leak and moisture build up. Basements must be waterproofed; doors and windows should have overhangs. Interior walls also need to be protected from moisture build up. You need to ensure all of this so that rain does not pose any major challenges to indoor pest control. In fact, pest control -- just before the rainy weather or during rains -- can be useful as you can identify access points and get them sealed. Exterminators are efficient at identifying such points of entry.
Outdoor pest control treatments are more effective when it rains, partly because of the type of treatments used. Outdoor pest control often includes the use of pellets. These pellets are water activated and so only start to work on pests when wet. Instead of wasting time, water, and money on spraying the pellets you can simply let nature take its course by using the rain. It is completely normal for pest control treatments to be carried out while it is raining. Exterminators are trained and experienced to do this. There are two other reasons why outdoor pest control treatments are more effective when it rains.
The chemicals will dissolve in the water and then seep down into the soil. If there is a breeding ground or adult pests living in the ground, they will also be killed. Normal approaches do not penetrate as effectively as the chemically dissolved treatments that find their way through to the subsoil. Rainfall also compels pests to come out of hiding, which helps any approach being used. As more pests come above ground, they are immediately exposed and are hence much easier to exterminate.
Ants, spiders, crickets and earwigs among other pests can penetrate deep into the soil and there is no way to circumvent the natural protection which soil provides. Rain is therefore one of the simplest and cheapest assistants to help get rid of pests. If you are planning any pest control procedures, or have scheduled a treatment and it rains, do not panic, review, or change your plans, just let the exterminators get on with their job.
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Consult an Expert and always be Proactive with Pest Control
Homeowners should be proactive with pest control. It is always better to protect a property and keep pests out; prevention is always better than cure. It is cheaper, less stressful and enables you set up a “no pest” regime.
You should always consult an expert and decide how best to approach your pest problem. Any treatment has to be specific to the type of pest or pests you have. A generic approach will not work for everyone and every property. And remember it is possible to prevent any infestation to begin with: Develop and implement appropriate proactive strategies.
In cases where you have a pest problem and rain is likely, you should immediately contact an exterminator and schedule a visit. If you delay then most pests in and around your house will multiply, in some cases exponentially and you will then have a far worse problem to deal with. It will also cost much more to deal with a major pest infestation. Get an exterminator to target all the pests just before or as it rains be left with a squeaky-clean home and sanitized surroundings. You should also be proactive with inspections as pest problems are not always obvious. Nesting grounds, or temporary hideouts, are usually out of sight and such places remain ignored till there the problem is much larger than it should have been. Such places must be cleaned and sealed to avert a pest crisis. So, what are you waiting for? Get going!
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