Overwintering House Pests
September 4, 2017
Ironically many of the bugs that will be looking for a warm home to hunker down in for the winter months aren’t even native to The Peach State. Stink bugs, Asian lady beetles, kudzu bugs, and boxelder bugs are a few of the pests casing your home just looking for the perfect time and place to enter for their winter slumber.
The stink bug is native to eastern Asia, and was first found in Pennsylvania in the mid-90’s. These pests pose a threat to many fruit-bearing trees, vegetables and soybeans. While there are no reported predators for these creatures, it is said that praying mantis will feed on them.
Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetles (Also known as ladybugs)
The multi-colored Asian lady beetle is also an eastern Asia native and was purposely introduced to parts of the US to protect crops.
Kudzu bugs were first found here in 2009. They are more closely related to stink bugs, but are about the size of an adult lady beetle.
The boxelder bug, though less well known, is the “problem-child” of these bugs mentioned. Named for the harm it causes to boxelder trees, the boxelder bug also poses a threat to other related trees such as maples.
Nuisance bugs or destructive pests?
Besides being a nuisance when overwintering in our space, these pests can leave nasty stains on walls and carpets; and in the case of the stink bug and ladybug, they can give off very foul smells. Therefore, their removal from your home is recommended. What’s more, these pests are likely to return to your home next year if you don’t stop the problem now. In fact, you may already be seeing these bugs around your property, hanging out on the side of your home, or even inside. The overwintering process can begin as early as mid-August for some of these fall bugs and typically reaches its peak between September and October.
What you can do to prevent overwintering pests
Seal any holes, cracks and any other sites where they can gain entry with caulking. Take the time to repair any damaged, broken or missing windows, or screens. Add weather stripping to all exterior entryways. Check the attic for any holes that may need patching. To avoid any eggs that may be within the bugs, try not to squash or smoosh them in your home. Vacuum up any already dead bugs and empty your bag outdoors.
So, how do you keep these intruders out?
Well, there are some preventative measures that you can take, but remember, calling a pest control company to assess the situation is the best solution. If you notice an abundance of these pests, or if you just can’t seem to keep them at bay, contact Allgood Pest Solutions. We are ready, willing and able to come inspect and assess your situation at no cost to you. Best of all, our home pest control services are designed to keep bugs out and provide year-round protection against these pests and many others!