Cracks in home foundations that aren’t quickly repaired provide an opening for smaller rodents as cold weather sets in.
Other flood-struck areas this year like Ontario and British Columbia face similar potential problems.
“It’s pretty much the same issues (elsewhere) – the only thing that’s different is the types of species we’re talking about,” Hardy said, adding other parasites are well-established across the country.
Hardy says dealing with pests remains the same: cleaning up properties, getting rid of stagnant water, fixing foundations and taking care to dry out parts of the home exposed to water and replacing any wood exposed to water.
Scott Pemberton, naturalist at the Morgan Arboretum, said part of the solution is increasing awareness about the different species and how to deal with them.
“In a year where we had a ton of snow and lots of rain, you may want to spend a bit more time than usual on spring cleaning,” Pemberton said.
“It starts with something small that can definitely get out of hand.”