Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Florida is known for its infamous, destructive hurricanes. The aftermath of a tropical storm can create conditions that are conducive to pest infestations, which is why it’s crucial to know how to protect your home. Read on for some of Heron’s top hurricane preparedness tips.
Hurricane Preparedness List
Having a hurricane kit prepared can save you and your family a lot of time and trouble when a hurricane suddenly hits. Some of the most important items to include in your pack include:
- Clean water: Pack one gallon per person for at least three days.
- Food: For each person in the home, have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration or preparation. Store pet food as well, if applicable.
- First aid kit and a supply of any personal medications
- A flashlight with extra batteries
- A radio with tone alert
- Personal hygiene items
- Matches contained in a waterproof vessel
- A basic tool kit with a wrench and pliers
- Fire extinguisher
Tropical Storm Pests
During a storm, many types of pests and insects are displaced from their habitats, which is one of the reasons why infestations can be common after a tropical storm. Other pests are attracted to the conditions caused by a hurricane, such as standing water, weather conditions, moisture problems, structural vulnerabilities, excess debris, and more. Some of the most common pest infestations Central Florida residents deal with during this season are ants, cockroaches, rodents, wildlife, and—of course—mosquitoes.
Hurricane Safety Tips for Pest Problems
There are a number of recovery and clean-up efforts to lessen the risk of pest problems after a hurricane:
- Limit your exposure to flood waters. If you must walk through a flooded area, wear protective clothing.
- Wear EPA-approved insect repellent to deter mosquitoes that flock to areas with standing water after a storm.
- Repair or mend structural damage, including replacing broken screens, removing saturated carpets, mending roof shingles, closing vents, and sealing cracks or gaps in the foundation.
- Relocate trash cans away from your home, remove all debris from your yard, and clear clogged gutters.
- Completely disinfect and clean your home, paying extra attention to areas that made contact with flood water.
Hurricane Season Pest Control
The aftermath of a hurricane can be overwhelming. If you’ve done all you can to keep pests away from your home after a tropical storm but you’ve still ended up with an infestation, it may be time to call a professional. Heron Home & Outdoor has been providing central Florida residents with pest control for nearly two decades, and can help protect your home from pests all year long.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips in Orlando and surrounding counties
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