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Pest Problems After Storms and Other Disasters

Flooding around a home.

Flooding can lead to many problems with insects, rodents and other pests.

Hurricanes, heavy storms, tornadoes, and other similar natural disasters can lead to problems with a variety of insects and vertebrate pests which may become unwelcome guests in and around our homes and disrupt clean-up and repairs. Other pests may present problems years later if repairs were not completed properly. The type and extent of pest problems depends in part on the time of year and the seasonal cycle of pest activity. Here’s a brief look at some common pest problems.

General Pests

Wood-Damaging Pests

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Contributors: Mike Waldvogel, Charles Apperson, David Tarpy, and Wes Watson, Patricia Alder – NC State University Entomology Extension