Pest Control In The Rain?
You wake up to the sound of rain hitting the tin roof and wonder if your pest control service you have booked for today will be worthwhile doing, pest treatments generally don’t work too well in the wet weather.
It is still possible to have some pest control done during wet weather, but maybe not an external spray, as the spray we use needs time to dry out to be an effective way of managing pests of all kinds, from cockroaches, silverfish, ants. Spider, in other words, all pests that would normally be found on the outside of a property.
A pest control in the rain can still be done if it’s only light rain, the main issue we would have is the product being applied, going to be washed away before it has time to dry, we don’t want the products washed into the soil this would be a waste of the customers money and the pest control companies time, as this would most probably lead to a call back at some point.
Here at Sunnystate pest control and termites, we would still attend the job if there was a major problem such as an infestation of some kind, but only treat the internal areas of the property to try and bring the problem under control, and then arrange for another suitable time to complete the service.
The heavier the rain the less likely a pest control in the rain treatment would be successful. This is especially the case if the main pest problem was ants because areas of a garden may need to be treated. Areas that are undercover are fine to be treated during wet weather.
If a visual termite inspection has been arranged on a day of wet conditions, this can still go ahead as there will be no spraying or treatment to be applied; the only time treatment would be done during an inspection would be if live active termites were found.
In the case of active termites having been found during an inspection, an attempt should always be made to try and bring them under control, this would be done by locating the nest if possible or mud tunnels, and then applying dust to these areas.
As subterranean termite would build a nest inside a wall cavity or in the roof void of a house, the area being treated would be dry and therefore suitable for a treatment to be applied, so the wet weather wouldn’t hinder any treatments under these circumstances.
In the case of termites having been found in a property and then treated a follow-up call would have to be arranged for around 2-3 weeks later, this is to re-inspect the areas that have been treated to see if the termite activity has stopped.
The Rains Good For Somethings:
Anyway, the way I see it when the rains come down here in normally sunny Brisbane is it’s great for the gardens, and also the birds and other wildlife as they need the rain to survive, and we can go a long time without it here in Brisbane, so it has its benefits also, but on the flip side as we’ve already said, this weather also brings out pests that harbour in the ground and the main one being ants.
Most customers call a pest control company complaining about ants straight after the rain, ants will become a bigger nuisance the harder and longer it rains for, this is simply because they are trying to get to the drier ground.
Ants like all pests need water to survive, but too much of it will also kill them as their not the best swimmers in the world, so as the weather changes from warmer to colder and drier to raining, this will also affect the way pests act and will increase their activity, once again becoming a nuisance around our homes.
So the best thing to do if you wake up and the rains are coming down is to call your local pest control Brisbane company to see if your service is still on.