Overwintering Pests in Doylestown, PA; Boxelder Bugs, Asian Lady Beetles (Ladybugs), Cluster Flies & More!
Overwintering pests often hibernate in our homes during the winter. Some of these pests can come in droves and cause damage to our buildings and belongings. There are several types of insects that will overwinter in buildings and homes. Pest Control Technicians, Inc will share some of these overwintering pests you might want to keep an eye out for this winter season.
Overwintering Pest Prevention
Overwintering pests usually find homes a great place to sleep until warmer weather conditions arrive. Many of these pests will find their way into your home either by small cracks in doors or windows, vents and chimneys. They love making themselves at home in attic spaces as well. Your best defense is pest prevention. Sealing up the cracks and vents or chimneys with a fine metal meshing as well as repairing or replacing window screens will go a long way to preventing access to pests. Sometimes however, pests still find a way in. When this happens, it’s definitely time to call your pest control company! Pest Control Technicians, Inc have prepared a list of some of the common pests that you will find overwintering in your homes.
Are Boxelder Bugs Harmful?
The Boxelder Bug is a garden pest that that affects yards and gardens during the heat of summer. An adult boxelder bug can grow up to 1/2 inch in length. They have distinct red and black markings. Boxelder bugs don’t actually cause any damage to homes or harm to people. However they do emit a nasty smell that draws other boxelder bugs to their location. Don’t crush them or they can leave a stain as well. They got their name due to their diet preference of feeding on boxelder and other maple tree seeds. Of course as the cooler season approaches they will begin looking for a warm place to wait out the winter.
How to Get Rid of Asian Lady Beetles (Ladybugs) from Your Home
Ladybugs are a great beneficial insect that prevents aphids, mites and other insects that do harm to yards and gardens. Ladybugs come in various colors that range from a distinctive red to yellow and orange; always with black spots on their shells. They gather in large clusters as the weather cools down. Once it is cold enough they will also overwinter or hibernate inside homes. Other than their large numbers, and if your home stays warm enough, they will continue to crawl and fly around your home which can be more than a little off-putting.
Cluster Flies in House All of a Sudden?
Cluster flies start their lives as parasites that live in earthworms. Once the larva emerges, it will continue its life outdoors. When the colder weather starts to set in, they will cluster together. You will find them in large cluster on the bark of trees. They will also come into surrounding homes.
Leaf-Footed Pine Seed Bugs Infestations
These pests feed on pine cone seeds and are widely spread throughout the United States. Adult Leaf-Foot Pine Seed Bugs grow up to ¾ of an inch long and have a dull brownish color. These insects will gather in large numbers as the weather begins to cool. These insects are very thin and can slip through small cracks. As you warm your home up, they will become active again. At this point, you will have a major infestation problem.
Professional Pest Management
Many of the common pests to overwinter in our homes are not dangerous. And they don’t cause any great damage. However they all gather in large numbers. That can not only make your home smell bad, but can make those that live in and visit the home uncomfortable. Obviously no one wants bugs running around where they live and sleep! Pest Control Technicians, Inc can help if you have discovered an infestation of overwintering insects or other pests. Call us today and we will schedule an appointment right away!
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