April showers bring May flowers, but August rainstorms bring flash floods. This past week two of Catseye’s service areas could have used some extra boats. Those in Naples, FL and Albany, NY saw streets turn into rivers, cars stranded in water — and maybe some unusual pest problems.
Flooding in Naples and Albany
On Monday, August 4th, it took only five hours for Naples to become buried under 6.5 inches of rainwater, the wettest August day in Naples history! The flash flooding caused major traffic problems. Interstate 75 and US 41 turned into chaos as water sometimes reached over the top of car tires.
The next day, it was Albany’s turn to get drenched. Two inches of rain in the early evening lead to flash flooding in downtown Albany. While some people floated around in tubes, others, sadly, lost nearly everything when their basement apartments flooded.
Pest Problems Caused By Floods
Here are three pest problems that are triggered by flooding:
The streets of Naples and Albany weren’t the only places that got flooded, so did the underground nests of ant colonies. When water flushes hundreds if not thousands of ants out of their nest, the colony looks for the closest dry ground, which can lead to ants invading your house. Fire ant colonies will actually cling together and float on top of floodwaters. If you live in an area where fire ants are prevalent, be careful of these floating mats of ants — touching it can lead to painful bites and stings!
A floating colony of fire ants. Photo credit: Junglecat
After heavy rain, especially if the sewers back up, rat nesting areas in a city sewer system get flooded. Like ants, the rats will escape to higher ground, which could be your basement, walls or even your parked car.
After the floodwaters recede, you may notice an unusual amount of wasps hovering around your lawn and bushes. Soil-loving grubs that escaped to the surface during the flooding are an easy meal for these predatory insects.
Flash floods can often cause sewer systems to overflow. The sewage will attract filth flies, which like to lay their eggs on rotting organic material.
We know flooding can cause big headaches and so can pest problems. Contact us today so we can get rid of your pests!