Winter is right around the corner and your cozy home is looking very inviting to some very uninvited guests. A variety of pests are searching for a warm spot (like your home!) where they can wait out the cold winter months. Here are a few overwintering pests to look for and some helpful prevention tips from Truly Nolen:
Keep an eye on those pumpkins on your porch because stinkbugs love pumpkin juice! The shield-shaped insects will then look for ways to invade your home. While they don’t spread diseases, they do spread a nasty smell when squashed.
Boxelder bugs like to relocate from boxelder trees to dry, protected sites to spend the winter. They won’t chew on your food or clothes and they don’t lay eggs, but they do emit a foul odor when handled.
Their odorous secretions of the American cockroach can alter the flavor of food. They can also pick up disease-causing bacteria (such as Salmonella) on their legs and later deposit it on foods, causing food infections and/or poisoning. Allergic reactions and asthma can be triggered in certain individuals exposed to house dust containing cockroach feces and body parts.
Asian Lady Beetle
The Asian Lady Beetle is a natural predator to many other pests, especially aphids, but is still a nuisance pest for many homeowners. Commonly called ladybugs or ladybirds, pest management professionals generally call these pests ladybug beetles or ladybird beetles. Generally harmless, these pests do emit unpleasant odors and yellowish staining fluids after they die.
Overwintering Pest Tips:
Overwintering pests like to hide out in undisturbed and overlooked locations. To prevent these pests from overwintering in your home, you need to take action today.
- Caulk and seal all holes, cracks and crevices in your home’s exterior (foundation, windows and doors, siding, electrical, and plumbing) especially on the southern and western walls.
- Install insect screening on foundation and attic vents.
- Remove debris away from your home.
- Leave firewood outside and away from the house.
- Vacuum, sweep, mop, and clean up spills that will attract pests to your home.
- Purge, clean, and organize cupboards, closets and storage areas.
- Discard paper and cardboard boxes.
- Seal food items in tight, secure plastic containers.
Call Truly Nolen Today!
Regular scheduled pest control will prevent bugs from coming in and overwintering in your home. Call the pest control professionals at Truly Nolen for a free, no-obligation home inspection today!