Pest Problems After Flooding

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In Fairfax, VA and other close cities and townships, flooding is a relatively common problem. Whether due to either weather events or a problem with the plumbing system inside your home, many homes in the area each year experience a flood event.

Flooding is already a challenge as it threatens your property and belongings, but once you have your home back in order, you still need to worry about pests. The aftermath of flooding in the home can create the perfect environment for pests in Northern Virginia. As you are recovering from a flood, it is helpful to take these additional steps to prevent an additional pest problem as well.

How to Prevent Pests in Response to a Flood

Flooding can often create a prime environment for pests who are drawn to areas where there is moisture and food, both of which are often readily available in homes immediately following a flood. In order to make your property less attractive to bugs, it is helpful to deal with flooding quickly and take steps to remove any items that might be tempting to bugs with the following steps:

  • Dry Out Surfaces – Moisture is very attractive to bugs, especially those who thrive in high humidity like roaches and termites. Water in your home can also do extensive damage, such as causing wood rot that could attract pests like carpenter ants. The faster you can dry your home, the less likely it is you will have more permanent damage that can continue to attract bugs. Post flooding, you will want to take steps to dry out all surfaces in your home as quickly as possible. Increasing ventilation with fans and using dehumidifiers to help remove excess moisture can speed drying. If you have a more extensive moisture problem, you may need professional flood damage restoration.
  • Repair Damage – Depending on the source, a flood can be likely to cause physical damage to your property. In many cases, it will leave openings that bugs can get in through, making it easier for bugs to gain access to your house after a flood. Once you are finished with the drying look around your home inside and out for any damages that may or that could make pest access easier.
  • Clean Thoroughly – Flooding can often introduce different bacteria and other organic matter to your home. This is especially true of any flooding that contains sewage, but could also be a result of flooding from a malfunctioning dishwasher or similar appliance. Even after the water has dried, this bacteria is left behind where it will start to decompose and cause odors. These odors are attractive to bugs like flies and roaches. The type of cleaning necessary will depend on which surfaces were impacted by water. Cleaning hard surfaces with antibacterials and shampooing carpets may be enough for more minimal flooding while more extensive flooding may require replacing flooring or sections of drywall to remove any bacteria that is growing within the surface.
  • Check for Pests – In certain instances, a flood may have introduced pests to your home on its own as rodents and insects like ants were moving to escape rising waters. During your checks for moisture and damage, be aware of any pest problems that you see or signs of pests.

As you get your home back to its prior condition after a flood, having a pest control company to help you with any insect or rodent problems that may have resulted can make the recovery process easier on you. ExtermPRO services homes and commercial properties in Fairfax and other localities in Northern Virginia. With our local experience, we know how best to deal with the types of pests that most often occur after flooding. If you are experiencing an infestation post-flood, contact ExtermPRO for customized pest extermination.