Four Winter Pests and What You Need to Know

If you are dealing with overwintering pests, such as Asian Lady Bugs or Stink Bugs, then read on for some do-it-yourself winter pest control tips from Bug Authority, the leader in pest control in Franklin, TN.

winter pest control tips

Asian Lady Bugs*

Children love them, but adults have come to dislike them due to their tendency to invade homes en masse!! Sealing these pests out is very difficult for sure, but vacuuming them up daily is the key!

Once lady bugs get inside your home, pesticide should not be used to try to control them. If your home has a lady bug invasion, make vacuuming part of your daily routine.

Marmorated Stink Bugs*

Just when you thought lady bugs were annoying…these overwintering pests have made quite a splash lately. Don’t smash stink bugs, or you will find out how they got their name. Here’s a do-it-yourself tip; try rubbing a Bounce dryer sheet on your window screens as a deterrent for these insects. We’ve learned that stink bugs don’t like the fresh, clean smell…go figure!

Red Wasps*

Absolutely no one likes these pests. At this time of year, if you find red wasps in a room with a fireplace, try lighting a fire and burning them out of the chimney.

Box Elder Beetles*

Box elder beetles are found primarily on Box elder trees, as well as maple and ash trees. These pests enter homes through small cracks and crevices and remain inside, hibernating, throughout the fall and winter. They emerge when heat sources within the house are high, and they are often found in the warmest areas of a structure’s walls. Here’s a sure fix; remove the host tree from your property!

*For more winter pest control tips on how to exclude your pests, read on.

*Exclusion Tips for Winter Pest Control

  • Repair damaged windows and door screens
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors
  • Install or repair screens in roof and soffit vents
  • Seal holes or gaps around places where cable wires and plumbing enter your home
  • Plug ¬†gaps at doors, window sills, roof joints, and fascia boards. Check for, and seal , gaps and cracks where different building materials meet.

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