9 January 2024

How to protect your home from pests when storms strike

As the skies darken and thunder rumbles, storms bring more than just rain and lightning. They can also invite unwanted guests into your home – pests seeking refuge from the weather outside.

Over the past year, we’ve seen our fair share of storms here in the UK, and as a result the team at Shield Pest Control have seen their services called upon increasingly frequently.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how storms can entice pests and discuss effective strategies from Shield Pest Control London to keep your home pest-free.


Flooding and Moisture:

Storms often lead to flooding, creating the perfect conditions for pests like rodents. Excess moisture not only attracts these pests but also provides an ideal environment for them to thrive. To combat this, ensure proper drainage around your home and fix any leaks promptly.



As storms disrupt outdoor habitats, pests are forced to seek shelter elsewhere, potentially making your home their new residence. Seal any cracks, gaps, or openings in doors, windows, and foundations to prevent pests from finding their way inside during storms.

Damaged Structures:

Severe weather can damage your home’s structure, creating vulnerable entry points for pests. Regularly inspect your property for any signs of damage, and promptly repair any issues to keep pests at bay.

Storm Damage

Standing Water:

Puddles and standing water after a storm become breeding grounds for water-loving insects. Eliminate standing water around your property, such as in clogged gutters or flowerpot saucers, to minimise the risk of attracting pests.

Vegetation Overgrowth:

Storms can lead to the overgrowth of vegetation around your home, creating a bridge for pests like ants. Keep plants trimmed and maintain a clear perimeter around your property to discourage pests from using vegetation as a pathway into your home.

Food Sources:

Power cuts during storms may lead to spoiled food, becoming an unintentional feast for pests. Ensure your food is stored securely, and promptly dispose of any spoiled items to avoid attracting pests seeking a meal.

Protective Measures:

Partner with Shield Pest Control for preventative measures such as regular inspections and pest-proofing treatments. Professionals can identify potential vulnerabilities and apply effective barriers to keep pests out, especially during stormy seasons.

While storms may create challenges for homeowners, being proactive in pest prevention can safeguard your home from unwanted invaders. By implementing these strategies and enlisting the help of experts like Shield Pest Control, you can weather any storm with confidence, knowing that your home is a fortress against pests.

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