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A Flood of Bugs: The Insects After the Storm

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If you’ve ever experienced a flood, you know how destructive it can be to property and the environment. A flood washes away roads, ruins homes, and soaks everything. Unfortunately, the problems don’t stop when the waters recede. After a flood, insects are suddenly everywhere.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes thrive in places where there’s lots of standing water to lay eggs in. Standing water is always in abundance after a flood. It collects in any available cracks, dents and bowls, and mosquitos are always quick to take advantage of it. Expect them in swarms in any flooded areas, especially if the weather is warm. In addition to the itchy bites, mosquitos can also be disease carriers, especially after a flood. There’s not a lot you can directly do to take care of all those mosquitos. Some city and state governments will spray flooded areas with pesticides by plane, but that’s fairly rare. Until the water dries up, you’ll have to bear with using bug spray and, if necessary, mosquito nets. You can speed the process by upending any containers holding floodwater and preparing your yard in a way that it will drain better.

Ants

During a flood, ant colonies in the ground often get completely filled with water. The ants will evacuate and float to safety, remaking their home wherever they can find solid ground. Unfortunately, this often means the area in or near your house. Ants are usually fairly manageable if you take care of them before they get out of control.  Apply ant killer near where they’re trying to establish a new nest, and hopefully it will make its way to the queen. Once the queen is dead, the rest of the colony will soon follow. If ants have made their way into the foundation, walls, and woodwork of your house you may need to call a pest control expert to get them out.

Silverfish

Silverfish are notorious for preferring dark, damp areas. It’s no coincidence they’re called silver “fish.” Though mostly harmless, silverfish are still pretty gross and you certainly don’t want a few hundred of them crawling around your basement or closet. The first step to getting rid of silverfish is to remove any water and dry everything up as much as possible. Use water vacuums, pumps, dehumidifiers, and fans as necessary to remove moisture. Once that’s taken care of, silverfish can be taken care of using any widely available spray insecticide.
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