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Flooding in Coastal Georgia Raises Concerns of Potential Pest Problems


Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30334

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Press Release
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Office of Communications

Flooding in Coastal Georgia Raises Concerns of Potential Pest Problems

Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Structural Pest Division urge homeowners to reevaluate their property’s pest control solutions after Hurricane Matthew.

The wind and storm surge along the Georgia coast destroyed many homes and businesses. The high volume of water entering homes will require many homes in this area to rebuild or repair the damage. Any wood that came in contact with water is attractive to termites. Through the clean-up process the soil applied termite treatments protecting the structure may have been disturbed.

“I would like to encourage property owners affected by the recent storms to check for any potential property damage, especially subterranean termites,” Commissioner Black says.

Derrick Lastinger, Program Director of the Structural Pest Division at the Georgia Department of Agriculture, has received a high volume of questions from Georgia coastal consumers regarding their current protection against termites. A licensed pest management company can determine if the soil applied termite treatment is currently protecting your property or if retreatment is necessary.

Retreatment will be needed if there is movement of the foundation or adjacent slabs such as patios or walkways. Any reconstruction of landscaping that disturbs the treated soil may compromise the overall protection of the structure.

Property owners should review their termite control contract to determine who is responsible for the reestablishment of the termite protection, which should be listed under the ‘terms and conditions’ within the contract. Contact should be made with the insurance company to determine if the termite retreatment is covered.

Consumers are urged to only seek advice and use licensed professional pest control companies. If a company is not licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, it is illegal for them to practice termite control work in Georgia. For more information on pests of concern after flooding and for a list of all licensed professional pest management companies visit /structural or contact the Structural Pest Section at (404) 656-3641.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture is responsible for licensing the professional pest management companies who perform termite control. There are approximately 1,200 of these companies operating in Georgia. Consumers can learn more about the Department’s Structural Pest Section by visiting


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