Heavy storms, tornadoes, and other similar natural disasters can cause significant damage to your Maryland or Northern Virginia home.

It’s easy for homeowners to draw their attention to the immediate issues with their home, like downed trees, flooding and power outages. However, it’s also important to remember that these situations cause many pests to seek dry, high, and safe shelter. In most scenarios, this means YOUR home.


4 Pests To Look Out For After A Storm

Moles & Voles

Did you know that a mole can dig one foot a minute in the hot pursuit of food? Moles LOVE earthworms, and after a rainstorm, these squiggly snacks come out of their burrows to the surface, attracting moles to your lawn.

Look for tree root-type lines in your lawn or garden, mounds of dirt, or dying grass, perennials, or shrubbery.

While neither of these small mammals directly threatens your family, they can severely damage your yard and even transmit disease through urine and feces.

Learn the difference between moles and voles 

Carpenter Ants

If a heavy storm causes a moisture problem within your home, carpenter ants will pack their bags and head your way. They nest in wood, but do not eat it.

Carpenter ants are more of a nuisance than a danger however in some cases of large infestations, they can cause structural damage.

Learn more about Carpenter Bees 

It’s important to note that heavy rainfall will cause a majority of ant species to move above ground because they are at risk of drowning, so they choose your home as their shelter! To reduce ant activity after a rainstorm, check for cracks in windows, gaps between bricks, or doors that don’t seal fully shut, to name a few.


Be sure to empty any pools, buckets, birdbaths etc of standing water. Standing water will allow mosquitoes to start breeding in your lawn.

Click here for 10 tips for lawn care after a heavy rain storm


Structural damage makes it easy for rodents to get into your home.

Consider this: Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime! Be sure to walk the perimeter of your home and close off as many entry points as possible.

Also, severe storms can disrupt rodents habitats and food sources so be sure to remove trash, spoiled food, and even cardboard boxes rodents use for their nests.

Here are 10 helpful tips to keep the rodents away, all year long