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When it Rains, It Doesn’t Have to Pour: How to Keep the Critters Out on Rainy Days

Posted January 12, 2015

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Did you know that Mobile is famous for more than being the originating city of Mardi Gras? We are also famous for something that’s, well, not so fun. With over 5 feet of rain annually, Mobile has been dubbed the rainiest city in the country. While most of us prepare for this weather by having our umbrellas and rain boots handy, we may not think about how Mother Nature’s critters adapt to this wet environment.

Pests like snakes, cockroaches, and ants can easily adapt by finding a drier place to live—like your home.

Snakes commonly slither into dry places with a minimal amount of human interaction or where they can easily hide, like crawl spaces and garages.

Cockroaches have a bit of a different approach. Cockroaches live in larger colonies, so when one cockroach discovers a dry home with a place to live, it tells its cockroach buddies. Then before you know it, you have a cockroach infestation on your hands.

What about ants? When the rain comes pouring down, the ants come marching in to a place with higher and drier ground. And then they begin searching for food and water. That’s why you mostly see them in your kitchen and bathroom during the rainy weather.

To keep these critters from crawling in and making themselves at home, here are a few helpful tips to put into action:

1. 

Keep your home tidy. 

Keep your home tidy.

Cockroaches and ants are drawn to leftover food on unwashed dishes, garbage that is not sealed, and small puddles of water/spills. The cleaner your house, the less these critters will have to eat, and they’ll take their search elsewhere.

2.

Take your recycling pile to the recycling station frequently.

Take your recycling pile to the recycling station frequently.

Cockroaches and snakes like to live in hidden areas, and cardboard boxes make safe homes. Also, little bits of leftover food can attract cockroaches to your recycling bin.

3. 

Check inconspicuous areas in your home regularly. 

Check inconspicuous areas in your home regularly.

If you have a nook in your carport where you never go, there’s a good chance snakes or cockroaches will go there first. Check the places regularly to keep them clean and pest free.

4. 

Barricade and seal your home.

Barricade and seal your home.

Any nooks and crannies that are open to the outside of your home are a welcoming entrance for pests to come in. Since cockroaches are small and ants are even smaller, the tiniest crack can be an entryway for these pests. Use caulk to seal doors, windows, and any other cracks these critters can crawl through.

5. 

Call a professional for help.

Lastly, if you find an infestation of these pests in your home and know that you are not able to handle the situation yourself, call a professional to help you. Cockroaches carry bacteria and allergens and can harm your health. Snakes are sometimes not so easy to identify, and encountering a venomous snake would make a not-so-good situation really bad. And while ants aren’t as harmful to your health (unless they’re the biting kind), they are still a nuisance and are thieves when it comes to your kitchen pantry.

Don’t let pests take over your home and put you out in the rain. Handle infestation situations quickly, and be sure to call BugMaster if you have any problems.

Visit BugMaster.com or call us at 251.666.4402 if you need to speak to one of our local pest pros or schedule an appointment.

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Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile,_Alabama

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/02/mobile_-_not_seattle_-_the_rai.html

https://www.combatbugs.com/bug-files/ants-and-rainy-weather

http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Ants-Coming-Into-Your-Home

http://www.science20.com/lessons_bugs/blog/practical_advice_about_ants_your_house_ask_bugman_answer

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