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These Overwintering Pests Make Terrible House Guests

October 26, 2016

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When the sun goes down earlier and the air chills, you seek solace indoors. Your West Chester area home is a refuge and warm place to stay. You aren’t the only one who feels this way. Pests need somewhere to go too, and why would they stay outside if you offer them a way in? These overwintering pests in West Chester make terrible – and expensive – houseguest.

Stink bugs

No one wants a houseguest that smells, and stink bugs have a bad reputation of being the worst. Stink bugs are brown insects with a shield-like body. Stink bugs will feed on your houseplants and leave an odoriferous trail if disturbed. You can also find stink bugs snacking on your produce and beans.

Stink bugs accumulate in the walls, basements, attic space, and crawl spaces. If you have an infestation, you likely won’t notice right away because of the insects’ hiding patterns. Stink bugs will, however, show up in sunny areas in your home as they try to sun themselves.

When stink bugs enter your home, removing them can be difficult. The problem isn’t so much their activities while they winter in your home, but their reproduction as soon as the weather begins to warm up. Stink bugs can lay up to 30 eggs on the bottom sides of your houseplants.

Box elder bugs

You are probably seeing box elder bugs in your home right now. They are black bugs with orange or red streaks that outline their bodies and can be found clinging to curtains and scurrying across your walls. Now that the weather has cooled, they are trying to stay warm and will do so in your home, if allowed. These bugs are about ½ an inch long, and can be identified by either an orange or red ‘x’ on their backs.

Box elder bugs are attracted to homes with significant sun exposure. When the weather cools down, box elder bugs seek out cracks and open spaces in and around homes. Box elder bugs are not active when they overwinter in your home, but will become more active as spring approaches.


No one wants rodents scurrying across their floors and foraging through their cabinets while they sleep. The most common overwintering rodents in West Chester are mice and rats. These little critters are clever when it comes to finding a way into your home. They want food and shelter, both of which your home provides during the coldest months of the year.

For the most part, you probably will not see these rodents. Evidence rodents leave behind includes droppings, teeth marks, damage to food bags, and nesting materials. The more droppings you see in your home, the bigger the infestation you face.

Mice and rats will cause more damage than just feasting on your food. Rodents spread disease, chew on wires, and damage furniture and furnishings.

Preventing Overwintering Pests

There are steps you can take to help prevent these pests. Homeowners and renters in West Chester area should vacuum and clean often, seal openings in and around their homes, and keep windows and doors closed. The most effective pest prevention method is calling Moyer Pest Control. Let Moyer take care of your overwintering pests!

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