It’s not bad enough that we have had snow problems for the last fortnight… #uksnow …but there were risks of flash floods from the melting snow at the weekend.
So, on top of worrying about losing all your belongings and furnishings to flood damage and the months of misery that this event could bring, we should now also be aware of the potential danger of rats and mice flooding our homes – not just water. It seems the flood waters can displace rodents from their natural habitat and encourage them to seek out new lodgings and food in our damaged homes.
Thank goodness that I live on top of a hill. Although I don’t technically live far from the river, I find the fact that my house is on very high ground particularly re-assuring when I hear about flooded homes and towns on the news. Friends of mine living closer to the river have had sand bags permanently placed by their front door for the last few months – such a scary thought!
On top of the potential rodent problems caused by floods, bacterial issues in flooded homes can also become a real concern and it is important to carry out effective disinfection in homes to minimise the risk of contamination, especially if you believe you may have had rats or mice! Professional anti-bacterial treatments are available to effectively reduce the risk of infection from flood waters and “flood rats”. Sadly, this is just another issue that needs to be tackled if your home is ever flooded – an event, which climate change experts believe is likely to occur more and more.