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Termite Inspection CT: Hurricane Sandy Predicted Increase Termite Infestation

October 31, 2012

Termite Inspection CT Hurricane Sandy PestsAs those affected by the destructive damage and widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy begin the rebuilding process, the National Pest Management Association is focusing on the impact the super storm will have on pest populations in affected areas of CT.

Flood and storm-ravaged areas can expect to experience greater contact with pests including rats, bed bugs, termites and flies in the weeks and months after the storm due in large part to population displacement, as well as increased moisture. The NPMA is monitoring the situation, as the increase in contact poses serious health and property risks that must be addressed during recovery efforts.

“Communities devastated by the storm will likely experience an increase in pest encounters due to displacement and destruction caused by flooding,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D, technical director for the NPMA.

“From the delay in sanitation services caused by power outages and road blockages, to the widespread structural damage and increased number of people staying at shelters, hotels or with family and friends, there are a number of ways Sandy will affect a variety of pest populations both in the short-term and months after the storm.”

The NPMA has identified termites to be one of the pests of greatest concern in affected areas of CT because homes that were treated for termites in the past need to be retreated if the CT neighborhood was flooded and soil was moved or displaced by the water. The pesticide barrier was most likely disturbed and may no longer exist to protect the home from the serious structural damage termites can cause.

This entry was posted on October 31, 2012.