Historic Flooding in South Carolina Raises Concerns of Potential Pest Problems

The National Pest Management Association warns of the likelihood of
significant pest pressure in areas inundated by recent floods

FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As South Carolina begins its slow recovery process from record-setting
rainfall and subsequent massive flooding, the National
Pest Management Association (NPMA)
warns of a possible uptick in
pest populations in the coming weeks and months. Residents in hard-hit
communities should expect to see an influx of pests – from mosquitoes
and flies to rodents – in the wake of the storms.

“As the floodwaters begin to recede in South Carolina, storm-ravaged
towns will likely experience a spike in home pest invasions due to
excess moisture build-up and population displacement,” said Cindy
Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “The NPMA is
closely monitoring the situation and working with local member companies
to mitigate any potential health and property threats posed by the
increase in pest pressure.”

The NPMA has identified the following pests that are of the utmost
concern:

Mosquitoes: Standing water is a major issue in the aftermath of a
flood, as it provides the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Residents should apply an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin,
IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors to
minimize the chance of being bit by a mosquito.

Flies: Filth flies
are attracted to spoiled food items and overflowing sewage, both of
which are common in the wake of a flood. This type of fly often lays its
eggs in rotting organic material. Sanitation is crucial to prevent a fly
infestation in the home.

Rodents: Rising waters force rodents
nesting in sewer systems to seek refuge on higher ground. The delay in
garbage pickup that many areas might experience from the flooding can
attract rodents to the property. Homeowners should store trash in sealed
plastic receptacles until clean up is finished.

Termites: Any wood that may have come in contact with water will
be a magnet for termites.
Homeowners in flooded areas should contact a licensed pest control
professional to inspect their properties for signs of termite damage.

Ants: Red
imported fire ants
form a ball that acts as a raft to survive
floodwaters. People should be aware of these floating islands to avoid
accidentally disturbing a nest, which could result in painful bites.

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment
to the protection of public health, food and property. For more
information, visit
PestWorld.org.

Contacts

National Pest Management Association
Cindy Mannes, 703-352-6762
cmannes@pestworld.org
or
Vault
Communications, Inc.
Amanda Polyak, 610-455-2764
apolyak@vaultcommunications.com