Have you noticed how much increased insect activity there is after heavy rains? Many parts of South Africa have experienced plenty of rainfall over the past couple of months. Have you had a greater bug activity despite your best preventative efforts?
How to Stop Pests After Heavy Rains in South Africa
Be sure to remove any items that hold water, from pet’s water dishes to buckets. Little puddles of water attract bugs, and especially mosquitoes. You can also ensure there are no entry points into your house like cracks and remove access to any food sources.
The next best thing to do is to call in professional pest control experts. Using DIY methods is often ineffective and costly. Save time and money and call in a pest control team.
We are here to help with bug issues like a termite infestation, rats in your roof, cockroaches in your kitchen, and much more. Let us apply effective pest control treatments for long-lasting results.
Why Insects Come Inside When the Rains Stop
The rains bring an avalanche of pests inside after the rainy season. Common pests gravitating inside include mosquitoes, cockroaches, and ants. Heavy rainfall destroys insect shelters. Many pests emerge after the rainy season in search of shelter and a source of food and water.
1. Mosquitoes Thrive in Warm, Humid Environments
Mosquitoes, more than anything, love humid and warm environments. Post-rainfall environments are perfect breeding times for mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant pools of water.
Standing pools of water after the rainy season is ideal for insect activity. The female mosquito is a malaria vector. Enjoy the outside after the rainy season by nipping mosquito populations in the bud.
2. Ants Come Inside Your House When the Rains Stop
Did you know there are over 1 million ants for every human? Ant colonies are everywhere you look. Heavy rains destroy ant colonies during the rainy season. In a quest to find drier, higher ground, they move inside.
Ants leave a trail of pheromones when they come indoors. This enables other ants to follow them inside and where to exit. Fix cracks and gaps in skirting boards, doors, and windows and speak to us about an effective pest control treatment to get rid of them.
3. Fire Ants Cause Many Problems for South Africans
Africa is home to different ant species. Fire ants are one of these species. They cause havoc in farmers’ crops.
Fire ants attack livestock and crops in South Africa. Fire ants can kill small animals. After extreme flooding and rainfall, we often notice an increase in fire ant mounds.
The reason is water fills their underground funnels, driving them aboveground. Water alone will not rid you of fire ants. You need to call in expert pest control specialists.
Fire ants are smart. They cling to each other to form floating rafts on the surface of water. They will climb onto it to stop them from drowning. Their survival tactics are about team effort as they work alongside one another.
Fire ants are a health hazard when individuals suffer from allergic reactions. Their venom comprises toxic chemicals. Fire ant allergies might require urgent medical attention.
4. Secret Behind Cockroach Survival Tactics. Why Don’t They Die?
Cockroaches. These tenacious creatures have been around for millions of years. They have a habit of surviving the harshest conditions, even heavy rain.
Cockroaches gravitate towards warmer spaces such as pipes, drains, and crawlspaces. Rains will flood these spaces. Heavy flooding and rains force cockroaches to vacate these spaces so they don’t drown.
Cockroaches can then move into your home. They are especially fond of humid environments. Your kitchen and bathroom are perfect drawcards for them.
Why is Prevention Always Better than Cure with Bugs?
How best to control pests after rainy days? The secret is prevention rather than cure. These pest control tips should help nip bugs in the bud:
- Never leave water standing in buckets, bowls, or flowerpots. Stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Trim your trees and shrubs back from your windows and doors. This will prevent insects from entering your home.
- Clean away leaves, wood piles and gutters after rainy periods.
- Sealing floorboards, cracks in windows and doors and crevices is important. It will keep the cold temperatures outside and also bugs.
- Decluttering is one of the best ways to avoid household bugs and pests.
- Wipe down your kitchen countertops and sweep the floor. Food spills and crumbs attracts ants and roaches.
- Keep your plumbing in good condition. Leaks and drips attract bugs into your home.
- Clean out the trash and wash out bins.
- Blocked drains need cleaning and clearing.
Tackle Bug Issues the Minute You Suspect You Have an Infestation
Get your free quote today! Take action the moment you suspect you have an invasion of ants, termites, cockroaches, and other bugs. We offer effective pest control treatment for nearly any infestation you may be struggling with.
When the wet season ends, it might be time to call in the professionals to assist with all your bug problems. Tackling infestations using DIY methods could prove expensive and ineffective.