April is a notoriously rainy month, and after a period of heavy rainfall, there may be an increased risk of insects showing up around your property. These pests tend to prefer damp (even wet) cracked and crevassed surfaces; places such as window frames or gutters on the side of buildings. As we experience more rain and humidity during the spring and summer months, it’s important that we stay alert to shoo away any moisture-seeking bugs that may enter our homes and businesses. Keep reading for what you need to know, courtesy of our experts at Pestex Inc.
One of the most common insects that can be spotted after heavy rainfall is the mosquito. These pesky pests thrive in humid, hot, and moist conditions. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in ponds or areas of standing water, which allows them to reproduce quickly. To reduce the number of mosquitoes in your area, take precautions this rainy season like removing any sources of standing water from your yard and keeping gutters clear.
Roaches are notorious for being found in dark, moist environments. While rainfall alone may not be enough to attract them, it is essential to keep your property clean, especially if there is a risk for increased moisture, as these nasty insects thrive in areas filled with dirt and grime. Watch out for roaches around leaky pipes, in damp basements, around defective AC units, or any other locations that are moist/contain standing water. Even a pile of damp leaves can be crawling with roaches, so pay attention when leaving your house this April.
Dampwood and subterranean termites love humid environments. Dampwood termites tend to prefer water-damaged wood, while subterranean termites are unable to live outside of a moist climate. Termites cause an estimated $30 billion in property damage every year in the U.S. alone, so they are not a threat to be taken lightly. If you see signs of a termite infestation this April, don’t wait– call a professional ASAP.
Ants, Beetles & Other Moisture-Loving Insects
Ants are attracted to sources of moisture such as standing water and leaks in pipes, making them a nuisance after heavy rains. Beetles also love high humidity and moist environments, causing damage to wood floors, fabrics, and even carpets inside the house. Meanwhile, insects like fleas and ticks live off blood from warm-blooded mammals, so they frequently hide in materials like carpets or furniture when it’s wet outside.
It’s important to be on the lookout for these and all moisture-loving insects, and take steps to prevent them from entering your home or yard by sealing cracks/holes in walls/floors and eliminating moist areas wherever possible. At Pestex, we proudly offer services to take care of mosquitoes, roaches, termites, ants, and more, so do not hesitate to give us a call today if you have seen moisture-loving insects on your property.