Sometimes pest problems are worse after periods of rainy weather since rain can drive them out of their protective shelters or hiding places and leaves behind areas of standing water. Here are 5 pests commonly seen after rain and tips on how to prevent them from coming into your home:
Because ants are so small, they can gain access into your home using the tiniest openings. Check for places they can get inside by doing a thorough inspection of your home, focusing around doorways, windows, and plumbing, and then correcting/sealing these issues as needed. Once inside, ants are looking for food and water. Make your home unappealing by keeping a clean kitchen, taking out the garbage daily, and repairing leaky plumbing. You can also use natural ant deterrents like a vinegar/water mixture that can be used to clean countertops, floors, kitchen appliances (and any other surface), and applied around doorways and windowsills.
Just like ants, roaches are searching for food and water. The best way to prevent them is by limiting food and water supplies by keeping your home clean and repairing water leaks. Roaches, too, don’t need a lot of space to get inside; seal up any holes, cracks, or gaps – usually around doors and windows, to prevent them from coming in.
Spiders are best prevented by reducing clutter around your home and keeping cobwebs knocked down. You an also use natural methods that may help to deter spiders, like spraying a peppermint oil solution or a vinegar/water mixture in places spiders may frequent (around doorways, windows, corners, along baseboards, in bathrooms, etc.). It’s also a good idea to brush down cobwebs around the exterior of your home, trim back trees and shrubs, and clean up leaves and other yard debris.
Millipedes live in damp areas where they can feed on decaying matter – like in flowerbeds, mulched areas, under leaves, and storage sheds – and heavy rain can force them out of these areas and into your home. If you see millipedes in large numbers, a quick fix is to vacuum them up. Prevent them from coming in by eliminating sources of excess moisture and by sealing entry point. Millipedes commonly enter homes through garages, basements, and crawl spaces so be sure to focus your inspection on these areas. You can also reduce millipede populations around your home’s exterior by limiting the use of mulch, removing grass clippings from your yard, raking up leaves, and storing firewood away from your home.
Lots of rains will increase the number of areas around your home that mosquitoes breed in – anywhere there’s standing water. Check your property for items or issues that collect water – like flower pot saucers, toys, old tires, buckets, clogged gutters, drainage problems, bird baths, fountains or other water features, pet bowls – and remove or correct the issues. Limiting areas that mosquitoes breed in is one of the best ways to prevent mosquitoes and mosquito bites, along with monthly mosquito treatments.