There might be no pest control when SHTF, and that’s bad news since disaster situations are usually when these insects and reptiles appear. In the event of fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, pests including snakes, rodents, and insects become more abundant hence posing health risks.
Fortunately, with enough knowledge and skills, you’ll be able to know how to control and avoid these pests after SHTF. Here are some effective tips for you.
Mosquitoes are going to be your number one enemy, especially during the summer. While they are unavoidable, here are some measures you can take to reduce their threat.
First, use mosquito repellents such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, 2-undecanoate, and para-menthane-diol. The higher the percentage of the active ingredient, the longer each application lasts. You may also use homemade repellents, but some of them only work with certain species.
You can create your own mosquito repellent using the following dried herbs:
- 1 part catnip
- 1 part peppermint or spearmint
- 1 part lavender
- 1 part rosemary
- 1 part thyme
- 4 parts apple cider vinegar
You also want to wear light-colored clothing that covers the whole skin as much as possible. Keep the house free from mosquito by keeping all window and door screens in good repair, without any holes through which mosquitoes could gain access.
Rodents increase in numbers during floods because they are forced to move out of their hiding place. They hunt for a drier shelter in your home kitchen, bathroom, attic, cupboards, and basements. They can chew or squeeze their way to these parts of your house, causing more damage that might even start a fire.
To avoid rodents during and after SHTF, identify the infestation location during the night since that’s the time they become more active. Watch out for signs like fees, fur chewed openings, and smear marks.
You can also stockpile rat traps so you can use them, and clear all the debris within your homes. Seal all the cracks and holes to keep them away.
Bedbugs are pests that do not cause disease, but they can be annoying. Bedbugs tend to congregate in families and favor mattress seams, books, suitcases, wallpaper, and electrical outlets. To control these pests, always inspect your mattresses and store bags and backpacks in safe places like the bathtub.
If you’re not at home after SHTF and your shelter is invaded by bedbugs, permethrin may kill them, though some are becoming resistant. You may also try laundry and hot or cold treatment.
To avoid tick bites, you may also use a natural tick repellent made of essential oils. Permethrin is also recommended for shoes, socks, and the lower twelve inches of pant legs and shirt sleeves. You should also place tick tubes in areas around the yard and garden, especially where mice will find them.
When you’re home from somewhere, remove all pieces of clothing right away and wash them in very hot water. Take a shower and do a tick check. If ticks are removed within 24 hours of attachment, no disease-causing bacteria or viruses will have been transmitted.
Just as rodents appear during floods, so do snakes and lizards because their habitats are getting destroyed. During these times, keep off the waters. There may not be animal control when SHTF and you see a huge reptile-like a snake or crocodile.
When dealing with snakes, make sure your door and other entryways are sealed to avoid snakes slithering through your house. Drain any stagnant water around your home. You might also want to reduce the number of birds in your backyards as they are able to attract snakes. Cut off or trim shrubs and grasses to prevent small predators that snakes love from hiding in such overgrown areas.