Florida life comes with many perks, from beautiful beaches to year-round sunshine. However, it also means preparing for those times when it’s not exactly sunny: hurricane season. This time of year typically brings powerful storms and new pest control challenges. At Greenhouse Environmental, we understand that protecting your home and family takes priority. Whether you’ve just moved in or have lived here since birth, this blog post will help guide you through several essential hurricane preparedness steps to best ensure your loved ones enjoy a safe and pest-free environment before, during, and after the storm.
Securing the Exterior: Protecting Your Home Against Pests and Storm Damage
As we’re all aware, hurricanes can wreak havoc on the exterior of your home. But what’s often forgotten is how this provides pests with potential entry points. We recommend inspecting and fortifying your home’s perimeter by sealing cracks, gaps, and openings in doors, windows, and siding. Ensure that roof tiles are intact and gutters are clear to prevent water damage and discourage pests from seeking shelter inside. If you need help doing so, now is the best time to call a contractor.
Preparing Your Yard: Preventing Pest Invasions in the Aftermath
An unkempt yard can attract pests seeking refuge before and after a hurricane. Trim overgrown bushes, remove debris, and secure outdoor furniture to prevent pests from establishing new habitats in your yard. Take extra time to review your home’s foundation and surrounding plant life. Overhanging branches, potted plants, construction materials, and lawn ornaments can all become dangerous projectiles.
Preventing Water Damage and Pests: A Two-Fold Approach
Water damage from hurricanes can lead to mold growth, which attracts pests seeking moisture. We recommend promptly addressing water leaks and areas where excess moisture collects in order to avoid both mold and pest infestations.
Create a Family Hurricane Preparedness Plan
Involve the whole family in creating a hurricane preparedness plan. Develop evacuation routes, designate safe areas in your home, and establish a communication plan to make sure all family members stay connected during the storm.
Don’t Forget Pet Safety
Make arrangements for your pets’ safety and comfort during the storm. Have pet carriers, food, water, and any necessary medications ready to go.
Stay Informed and Follow Local Authorities’ Instructions
Keep track of weather updates from trusted sources. Stay informed about evacuation orders and emergency information provided by local authorities.
Proactive Pest Control: Pest Control and Hurricane Season
The best way to prepare your home for hurricane season pests is to invest in proactive pest control measures. At Greenhouse Environmental, our expert team serves Floridians just like you with comprehensive hurricane and pest control plans tailored to the unique needs of each home, ensuring your family stays pest-free year-round.
As lifelong Florida residents ourselves, we understand the importance of hurricane preparedness and the unique challenges that come with it, especially regarding pest control. By taking proactive measures, securing your property, and investing in professional pest control services, you can rest assured that your home will be a safe and pest-free haven throughout hurricane season and beyond.
If you have any questions regarding hurricanes and pest control, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced staff at Greenhouse Environmental. Together, we’ll weather the storm and keep your home protected from pests. Stay safe and prepared!