Do I Need To Worry About Overwintering Pests?
November 24, 2014
Some pests spend the cold, winter months hibernating, sleeping until spring. Others fly south in search of warmer temperatures and some find their way into homes. Some insects common in homes this time of year include boxelder bugs, ladybird beetles, cluster flies and stink bugs. Dangerous or not, overwintering pests are never a welcome house guest!
Boxelder bugs are black with red markings and usually about a half an inch long. These bugs are the most common bugs found in homes this time of year. Ladybird beetles are usually red or orange and have spots. Their round bodies are about ⅓-⅜ of an inch in size. Cluster flies are often found around the windows. They are normally in the windows on the highest floor of your home because they fly up until they can’t go any further and are attracted to light. They are dark gray and about ⅜ of an inch long. Stink bugs are a nasty looking critter. They’re brown and about ¾ of an inch long. And how do you get rid of a stink bug anyway? If you crush it, it smells and who wants to pick it up? All of these bugs (with the exception of cluster flies) are usually found in warm places. If you find one, there are likely to be more in other warm or moist areas of your home.
In order to keep these creepy crawlers out of your home, there are a couple of things you can do to make it a little harder for them to get in. First, check around your home for any cracks and crevices that one of these insects might be able to squeeze through and fill them. You can also check around your home where these insects tend to congregate and vacuum them up if you spot any. Another option is to contact a professional and they can help you pest proof your home from over winter pest, and any other pest problems you might encounter.