Rain is a good thing… but can have some not-so-good results. A rainy day (or a period of a few rainy days in a row for us Georgia residents) often brings with it a flood of unwanted pests.
Before you pack your bags and move to a less rainy state, there are a few things you can do to help with this problem.
First, you should know what to expect. Here are the top pests you can expect after a big rain shower:
You typically see more of these pests simply because their shelters were destroyed from the rain. Many times, bugs’ homes include large holes and tunnels. When these fill with water, the bugs are forced up to the ground, and are unable to return to their homes — so they choose yours instead!
When it comes to mosquitoes, it’s a whole different (and even worse) story. Mosquitoes lay eggs in damp or wet places, like birdbaths, gutters, and flower pots. The eggs lay dormant until the rain moistens them and causes them to hatch. That’s why you typically see more mosquitoes after a heavy rainfall.
The rain can also soften wood, and do you know who loves wood? Termites. This is why we always recommend keeping dead trees, firewood, and other debris away from your home.
Bugs are like most humans and other creatures in that they just don’t like getting wet. Just like we run for shelter at the first sight of a raindrop, bugs will also take cover inside — it just so happens that they take cover where they’re not invited.
By yourself, there are a few things you can do to keep pests from entering your home after a heavy rainfall.
Rainy days don’t need any added stress or hassles. When you prepare your home and yard for a heavy rainfall, it becomes a lot easier to enjoy the peacefulness of a good rainfall!