Insects and Rodents

(See Chapter 9, “Insect Control, Rodent Control, and Pesticides”)

Disasters typically lead to situations where there is a sharp increase in insects, especially mosquitoes and flies, and also rodents. This increases the potential for disease in people and animals. Frequently, there is a disruption of on-site sewage systems and there are substantial quantities of standing water from rain or flooding. Rodent harborage may be disrupted and the rodents are scattered widely. There are also now numerous sources of new food and harborage for flies and rodents. The loss of solid waste collection including garbage, sewage treatment and animal control, and dead animals and humans contribute substantially to the large pest control problem.

Best Practices for Insects and Rodents

  • • Advise the public that there may be a sharp increase in insect and rodent problems, especially mosquitoes and flies, and that they should report significant increases to their local public health department for immediate treatment.
  • • Advise the public about using insect repellents, especially on children when they are out of doors.
  • • Immediately schedule special mosquito control spraying in areas where potential problems may exist.
  • • Work with all waste collectors to get back into operation as quickly as possible and also to advise the health department if they see problems of mosquitoes, flies, rodents, etc. and the exact locations of the situation.
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