Flooding, Heavy Rains Create Risk Of Termites, Mosquitos, Unwanted Pests For Northshore Homes, Businesses

COVINGTON, LA – As Northshore residents and business owners remove debris and begin repairs to damage caused by the recent flooding and heavy rains, they should also protect their property from the spread of termites, remove breeding opportunities for mosquitos, and treat structures to eliminate unwanted pests.

         Dugas Pest Control reps said flooded structures and wood that may have come in contact with water are prone to termite infestation. Flooding can cause soil around a structure to wash away along with any existing termiticide barriers which may need to be retreated. Termite bait stations should also be inspected and may need to be replaced. For structures that need to be rebuilt, termite-treated or termite resistant products should be considered.

         “We are entering the Formosan termite swarming season which begins in May,” said Laura Simpson, President of Dugas Pest Control, a woman-owned company founded in Louisiana and family owned and operated since 1957. “It is especially important because of the recent weather events to be proactive to prevent termites from infesting or damaging homes and businesses. A smart first step is to contact a professional pest control company. Dugas Pest Control and others often offer a free termite inspection that can help identify potential problem areas and signs of termite damage or infestation. They can also recommend treatment options if needed.”

         Formosan termites, the most aggressive species of subterranean species termites, are organized into huge underground colonies, and build intricate mud nests inside the walls of a structure. Because of their aggressive nature, Formosan termites are difficult to control once they infest a structure.  Formosans are also known to infest trees, shrubs, utility poles, timber, railroad trusses and even boats.

         In addition to attracting termites, standing, stagnate water and warm temperatures create the perfect environment for the multiplication of mosquitos.

         Home and business owners are encouraged to take a walk around their property to identify areas that may be conducive to breeding mosquitoes. Where possible, eliminate sources of standing water such as in birdbaths, flowerpots, grill covers, and baby pools. Remove debris from gutters, and inspect and replace torn screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

         “Mosquitoes need only about a half-inch of water to breed, so it is important to remove any standing water to eliminate potential breeding grounds,” said Simpson. “When spending time outdoors, you can minimize the risk of being bit by a mosquito by wearing long sleeves and pants, or by applying insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.”

         There are also a number of common insects such as ants, roaches, and spiders that tend to seek shelter inside a dry environment after flooding. Water can flush thousands of ants out of their nests and the colony looks for dry ground which can lead to ants invading a home or business. To eliminate unwanted insects, an insecticide should be applied around the outside the structure, including around doors and windows.

         “Heavy rains, flooding, and standing water can create a number of pest control challenges for home and business owners,” said Simpson.  “As the clean-up and repairs get underway, now is the time to schedule inspections and treatments with a licensed pest control company.”

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