With hurricane season right around the corner (June 1st, FYI), there’s no better time than now to prepare your home and property for mother nature’s wrath. According to the United States Search and Rescue Task Force (USSRTF), roughly half a dozen hurricanes strike the U.S. coastline each year. So, what can you do to protect your home and family during the hurricane season?
Know the Evacuation Routes
As the saying goes, “hope for the best but prepare for the worst.” Hopefully, you’ll never have to evacuate, but if a hurricane heads your way, knowing the local routes will facilitate the process while keeping you and your family safe in the process.
Clean and Secure Gutters
Gale-force hurricane winds will often blow down gutters and downspouts, resulting in water buildup around the home’s foundation. So if there’s a possible hurricane on the horizon, take a few moments to clean and secure your gutters. Proper drainage is essential to protecting your home and property from water damage.
Prepare for Pests
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that hurricanes can bring pests, lots of pests. Hurricanes and other severe storms disrupt their normal environment, forcing pests like termites, spiders and mosquitoes to seek a new sanctuary. You can protect your home from pests during the hurricane season, however, by sealing doorways and windows, and removing debris and standing water. We at Southern Pest Control’s professional pest control experts can also assist with protecting your home from pests.
Create an Emergency Kit
Of course, homeowners should also create a hurricane emergency kit, complete with first aid supplies as well as other survival items.
Here are some of the items to include in a hurricane emergency kit:
- Flashlight with extra set of batteries.
- Waterproof matches
- Hand-cranked weather radio
- Thermal blankets
- First air supplies (bandages, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, tweezers, etc.
- Protein bars or similar high-calorie snacks with a long shelf-life.
- Bottled water.
Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of how to protect your home and family during the hurricane season. For more tips on how to “pest-proof” your home, contact us at Southern Pest Control 800 527-9832 today.