The Rockwall area and the majority of North Texas has seen unprecedented amounts of rain recently. Pest control becomes even more important after the types of rains we’ve experienced. Why? Because insects follow floods.
According to the LSU AgCenter, homes are more subject to fire ants and other insects. Ants are often living underground and when heavy rains come, the ground becomes very saturated. This forces the ants up to the ground.
If you are in the Rockwall area, you may notice many ant mounds in your yard that weren’t there before all the rain. Fire ants especially will seek higher ground during periods of heavy rain and flooding.
Another insect you may start to see more of due to the rain and flooding are wasps. Wasps feed on grubs in the soil and flooding causes these grubs to be pushed up closer to the surface, becoming more availalbe to wasps.
Some of the storms we had were severe and caused wind damage to homes and trees. If a tree was broken or damaged in some form, it could allow insects such as wood borers, Southern Pine beetles and Ips beetles to gain entry into the tree. The same can be said for your house.
Inspect your home for any wind damage, especially in the roof. Insects can, and will, use any opening to infiltrate your home.
Carpenter ants are also notorious for invading trees that have broken limbs and then transfer to the house off the tree branches haning over the roof.
If you have any pest control concerns give Stonghold Pest Control a call.