Yard Cleanup After A Storm
Hurricane Ida was quite devastating to the state of Louisiana. The winds threw debris everywhere not only damaging roofs, but also leaving a huge mess. If your yard had a lot of wind damage from the storm, there are few things you should keep in mind when cleaning up your yard.
Big storms could cause twigs and branches to break off the trees in your yard. Once the weather has cleared and it safe, you will want to begin your yard clean up. Collect the smaller pieces of wood and consider using a chainsaw to cut bigger branches into more manageable wood pieces. You could just put the wood into a pile to be picked up, or you could stack it and use it as firewood for fireplaces, fire pits or even wood fire BBQs. It is important to keep the pile of wood as far away from your home as possible. Old wood attracts termites, and if you put one of the wood stacks right next to your house, you are partially inviting these pesky little bugs into your home.
After a storm, there will most likely be a lot of leaves strewn about. Leaves, no matter what size they are, can collect water. Even the tiniest pool of water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. As a matter of fact, the Aedes Mosquitoes, which are abundant across Louisiana, prefer to lay eggs in or near standing water, according to the Louisiana Office of Public Health. These mosquitoes are the same species that spread Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever as well as the Zika and West Nile Virus. Yard cleanup after a storm is a lot of work, but it can really make a difference in helping with reducing the pests and mosquito population around your home.