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What Overwintering Pests Could Mean For Your Souderton Home

December 14, 2020

 

If you think you can relax during a particular pest’s “off-season,” you’re wrong. Insects and creatures have to find cozy places to hibernate or escape the changing elements. This often means your Souderton home is where they’ll set up shop. Learn what critters tend to overwinter in residences and how you can prevent them with Moyer Pest Control.

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What Pests Overwinter in Homes?

Stink bugs and ladybugs are among the creepy crawlers that penetrate properties to overwinter. Stink bugs have brown bodies that resemble the shape of a shield. On top are metallic specks that are blue or copper in color. These insects grow to be about half an inch long. Two striped antennae, six legs, and a pair of wings with dark bands surround their frames. The young have red eyes and white or yellow bodies.
 
Common entry points for stink bugs are holes near doors, screens, windows, foundations, and siding. They eventually settle in attics, crawlspaces, and walls. Underneath greenery is where they’ll lay their gummy eggs. True to their name, they emit awful odors, especially when dead. These critters ravage land by absorbing sustenance from plants, vegetables, and fruit. Examples include:

  • Blackberries
  • Apples
  • Tomatoes
  • Peaches
  • Lima beans
  • Soybeans
  • Green peppers
  • Corn

Ladybugs vary in both size and color. They only grow to be around a quarter of an inch long and have round bodies that are darkly spotted. You might see them in brown, orange, red, black, or yellow. They have two antennas and six legs. When these dainty insects get comfortable, they release a chemical that helps them find your abode again for the next overwintering cycle. Homes with a lot of sun exposure and a mixed color pattern with light and dark shades are the main targets. Also, be on alert if your property is close to a wooded or grassy area. If there’s an infestation, you’ll see plenty of ladybugs on walls, ceilings, and in structural voids. You’ll also find their yellow secretions on surfaces.

How Can Overwintering Pests Be Prevented

Overwintering pests often go undetected for long periods because they’ll hide in hard to reach spaces. They won’t make themselves known until things warm up and are more ideal. If you’re proactive about prevention, particularly in the fall, you’ll be far better off:

  • Add sweeps to all exterior doors.
  • Ensure all screens are in good shape.
  • Seal gaps around windows, doors, foundations, and pipes.
  • Repair leaks and moisture issues.
  • Place plants and flowers two feet or more from your exterior walls.
  • Trim grass and greenery on a regular basis.
  • Clean your gutters frequently.
  • Cut down on clutter.
  • Use storage containers with tight lids for food and trash.
  • Take out the garbage, wash dishes, and vacuum routinely.
  • Inspect bags, packages, and plants before bringing them inside.
     

What Can Moyer Pest Control Do About Overwintering Pests?

It’s wise to have ongoing professional care to boost your deterrence efforts. Insects and creatures are forever on the prowl. Moyer Pest Control offers comprehensive care. Our cost-efficient plans cover a wide range of bugs and animals, interior and exterior treatments, and specialized services. Our skilled technicians are licensed by state entities. Last, but not least, our products are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. Don’t wait! Call us today!

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