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How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes After Flooding

Natural disasters like hurricanes can be devastating to homes and neighborhoods and unfortunately these weather worries are becoming more common occurrences. Aside from damage to homes that will be expensive to repair, on top of that, high floods and water can bring about health hazards like mosquitoes, termites, ants and rodents.

Once the floodwaters subside and begin to recede, cleanup begins and this is when mosquitoes, ants and other pests can become a massive nusiance.  If your home was near major flooding or storms you will have mosquito issues. Solutions Pest & Lawn can help you via our hurricane pest remediation guide. It will show you products and methods to protect your home from mosquitoes and other pests. Check out some of our professional DIY flood pest control guide below which are perfect for situations such as the aftermath of a disastrous hurricane or flood.

Flood Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes Become a Major Problem After Heavy Rains

Heavy rains these days have brought historic flooding as evidenced especially by Hurricane Harvey which tore through Southeast Texas and put large parts of cities like Houston underwater.  After the hurricane passes on, people are left with wreckage to clean up and restoration projects. Communities have to deal with the emergence of mosquitoes who thrive under these conditions.

Mosquitoes,  are more annoying than dangerous. But they still hold the potential of being vectors of harmful disease such as West Nile so you can’t take any chances when they have made themselves comfortable amidst all the stagnant water. Luckily, there are ways you can reduce the presence of mosquitoes around your property and protect yourself and your family from their annoying bites. Browse to find our best products for mosquito control after a storm or flood and learn some easy steps you can implement these products for successful mosquito control.

 

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes After A Flood: Three Step Solution

After the water subsides, your community is likely left with an enormous mess to clean-up. Coming into contact with flood water runoff can be dangerous, so we don’t recommend you do so. But here are some tips if you need to take on the cleaning tasks yourself without mosquitoes bothering you and hindering progress.

 

Step 1: Get rid of any standing water on your property immediately. If the heavy rains have left pools of water sitting on top of your pool cover, in your gutters, or inside plant pots, dump that water out into a nearby sewer drain. These are all potential mosquito breeding grounds.

We understand that because of flooding that not everything can be drained out so worry about the ones you can empty out such as  bird baths, ornamental fountains, water gardens, rain barrels without screened covers, plant pots, animal drinking containers, the crevices of plastic toys, garbage cans, old tires, buckets, tree stumps, puddles, shallow ponds, clogged gutters, obstructed downspouts, flat roofs, and yard debris.

 

Step 2: If there are any areas where water cannot be drained, you can apply larvicide like Altoside Pro G to deal with any eggs that have been laid to prevent them from growing into adult mosquitoes.

 

Step 3: Use an insecticide, such as Reclaim IT or Flex 10-10 Insecticide as well as an insect growth regulator like Pivot 10 IGR Insect Growth Regulator to spray around your yard using a hose end sprayer or backpack sprayer. For more serious mosquito infestations, which is very likely after a flood, we recommend you use a misting blower like a Solo 451 Mist Blower Fogging Backpack

 

No matter what method you choose make sure to mix the insecticide according to the label instructions when it comes to application amounts and rates. The destruction a flood gets can be difficult to deal with, don’t let mosquitoes add to the misery with their annoying presence. With the help of these products, you can get rid of problematic mosquitoes from your property so you can focus on rebuilding.

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