With summer on its way out, many homeowners may think their pest problems will diminish, too. That’s not the case. In fact, with a new season comes different pest challenges to face and another round of pest for your home. Fall invaders such as ladybugs, stink bugs and boxelder bugs (commonly referred to as a group called fall invaders), are looking for a place to overwinter and generally re-emerge in the spring. The time to fight these pest is in the fall before they can hibernate in your home. We recommend fall perimeter services (such as a power spray treatment) to stop the pest before they enter your home.
- Boxelder Bugs:Typically they live in the bark of the Boxelder tree (a form of a maple tree), but as the weather begins to cool, the adult Boxelder bugs will migrate inside, searching for crevices and cracks in infrastructure, such as window casings, doors, and in walls. The boxelder bug is identifiable by distinctive red lines on their backs. The boxelder bug will not do any harm to your home but they can start to make their way into the house when needing a warmer environment.
- Stink bugs: They are not a native species of insect to East Tennessee, so they are considered an invasive species as there are not native predators for them. They get their name from the fact that if you squash them, they excrete a stench. To get rid of them from the inside, you need to vacuum them up. These pests begin to enter homes at the onset of cooler weather looking for overwintering spots.
- Asian Ladybugs: Although often thought of as cute, in fall they invade our homes in such a manner that can be overwhelming. Ladybugs are only trying to find a spot to hibernate for the winter. They will get into your home through any crack that they can, so windows and doors are super popular spots. To get rid of them you will want to vacuum them up. Unless you seal up the areas that the ladybugs are coming in from the outside then you will likely have recurrences through early winter months.
Power spraying the outside perimeter will work well to stop these fall invaders. To help battle pests fall invaders, follow these pest-proofing tips:
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with caulk.
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the foundation and windows.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- A vacuum can be used to remove fall invaders once they have entered your home.
For more information or to schedule your fall invader service call Johnson Pest Control at 865-453-7587.