Common Pest During and After Floods

 Fire ants form an assemblage over water.

Fire ants form an assemblage over water.

In this time of great devastation, all of us at Natran stand with our hometown neighbors, including some of our own family and friends, who have suffered great losses. As you prepare to clean up and repair your homes we want to give you some tips on the crawling and flying creatures that come along with flooding.

Fire Ants
Fire ant rafts can look like ribbons, a mat or an actual “ball” of ants floating on the water containing the entire colony – worker ants, eggs, larvae, pupae, winged males and females and queen ants. These rafts of fire ants float until they come into contact with something to adhere to such as a tree, a mailbox, a garage, a house, etc. And that’s when the danger comes, when people come into contact with the ants.

Termites
Yes, termites can survive flooding as long as water doesn’t reach their tunnels. After a flood, it is important to watch for signs of termites. Termites thrive on damp conditions. Standing water and wet insulation attracts the moisture-loving bugs. Wood that is wet for an extended time could lead to an above-ground termite infestation. If your foundation or footing is damaged termites can gain access to your house.

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes may not be a problem right off the back when flooding but once the water sits the mosquitoes will start to hatch and those stinging bugs will become a giant nuisance. Make sure that you rid your home of all standing water. If flooded be sure to wear mosquito repellent.

If you have trouble with pest at your home please call Natran. We have been in business since 2006 and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of pest control while using green products. We are the local company you can trust.