Maybe you’ve seen more spiders and ants with recent rains from the hurricanes. These days with 2-5” rain events put both ants and spiders on the run looking for higher ground due to the danger of drowning.
When groundwater tables rise from heavy rains ants come to the surface to prevent the colony from drowning. Worker ants carry the eggs and other ants to the surface where they can locate a dry place that has access to food and water. Your kitchen, patio, under your porch, crawl spaces are all good places to protect ants from a deluge. In the South, during summer and fall, you can walk out after a hard rain and see signs of new fire ant mounds on the surface. The ants are on the move and active. Just like humans, they don’t want their house to flood and drown their families.
There are more reports after hurricane-induced heavy rains and seasonal storm events of small pets being eaten/bit by fire ants requiring veterinary care. It’s not uncommon for a small dog to receive hundreds of bites by just stepping on a mound unknowingly. The single toxicity of a fire ant is not the problem on small animals. It is the total amount of bites and amount of alkaloid, a type of venom the ants inflict upon their prey. Large dogs and animals can endure a pretty good series of fire ant bites, but small dogs cannot. It can cause swelling to the paws, eyes, belly, ears, and other vulnerable areas. Benadryl is a great first-line response (consult dosage for dog weights), but if the bites are serious you will need to consult a veterinarian who can provide more fast-acting and life-saving drugs like steroids, etc., to prevent anaphylactic shock. A couple of fire ants are a nuisance to dogs and other domestic pets, but a mound of hundreds attacking at one is a different story.
Rainy weather also brings out spiders. Spiders are active during heavy rains trying to find a dry ground or new homes that won’t be flooded with access to prey, a food source. Spiders tend to go where their prey goes and in heavy rainy seasons their prey runs into your home’s crawl space, attic, basements, kitchens, walls, and closets to get to dry ground. Spiders build nests where they can easily access prey, mainly other insects. The entryways into your home for spiders are much like ants and other insects. Gaps in doors, walls, unsealed openings to the crawl space, window sills, and baseboard openings provide life-saving openings for them to re-establish their homes. Like ants, spiders’ homes can be washed away by heavy rains, or flooding so they are adept at finding new neighborhoods to locate, feed, and thrive.
You don’t have to be the victim of these insects and pests. Your local termite and pest control company can take care of these new residents in your home or nearby. Many infestations require retreatment after heavy rains to ensure saturation and kill the colony or host approach. Beware of companies who say they “got them all,” and pay attention to companies who offer retreatment as part of their overall plan without additional costs to you and your family.
Professional termite and pest control companies will also offer advice on areas of standing water, seal up accessible entryways with caulk, and other material to block their entry. They will also perform an inspection of your home and make sure there are no pests in the walls, attic, basement, or crawl space.
At Apex Termite and Pest Control, we’ve been battling these home invaders for three generations. As a family-owned and operated company, we put our reputation on the line with every appointment and we aren’t about to lose a customer over a complaint. We offer pest solutions, termite bonds, retreatments, and informed analysis of why you are having trouble with pests and insects.
Contact us today to assess all your termite and pest control needs. It’s our job and our passion! It’s all we do!
General Manager, Apex Termite & Pest Control