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Do You Know How To Avoid Overwintering Pests?

September 11, 2017

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There are all kinds of people in the world. There are some who will stop everything they're doing to chase a single stink bug around the house, capture it, and dispose of it. Others can have hundreds of stink bugs crawling in their curtains, walking across their television, buzzing through the living room and kitchen... and just shrug them off. Most of us fall somewhere in between. No matter where you stand, we're thinking you would probably like to know how to keep those bugs out of your house. Here's what you need to know.

Knowing how to keep overwintering pests out of your home actually starts with understanding why they come into your home in the first place. Overwintering pests are unique in that they don't prefer to live in your home. In fact, many of them cannot live inside. Their food sources are actually outside.

So, why do they come in? The secret is in their name. Overwintering pests come in for the winter. Once the cold weather passes, they're happy to leave. The problem is, they can be quite a nuisance during the winter, while they're waiting to leave, and also in spring, as they try to leave and have trouble figuring out how they got in.

The two ways to avoid having overwintering pests are directly linked to the behavior of these bugs. In fall, rather than warming themselves on the sunny side of a large rock, they are probably warming themselves on the sunny side of your home. This can be prevented by having a pest control company do a treatment to your exterior walls. If those bugs don't congregate, then they won't be exploring your defenses to find a way in.

The second way to avoid overwintering pests is important, but can be ineffective if treatments are not done correctly. Since overwintering bugs are looking for a way in, it makes sense that sealing your walls will keep them out. The problem is that your walls have a lot more vulnerabilities than you might realize. Bugs can squeeze into tiny holes in areas under your porch or deck, slide under siding, wiggle in through torn screens, and fly right down your chimney. While it is definitely important to address as many entry points as you can, the only real solution, at the end of the day, is to create a chemical barrier to seal them out.

If you're tired of having overwintering pests take over your home or business every fall and drive you crazing in winter and spring, give us shout. At Moyer Pest Control, keeping bugs out is what we do. And we would love the opportunity to do it for you.

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