This is the time of year when the air is going to start to get crisper and more invigorating. It is a time when the foliage will begin to turn a vibrant blend of orange and red. This is the season for festive gatherings, bonfires, and lots of feasting. But it is also the time of year when some bugs decide to make themselves a frustrating pest. Here are four repeat offenders you can expect to infiltrate your home when temperatures drop.
These bugs prefer to spend their time on boxelder trees, as their name implies, but when temperatures begin to drop, boxelder bugs will start to congregate on the sunny side of man-made structures. If they choose your exterior walls to congregate on, they may find their way into your wall voids, and eventually, into the living areas inside your home. When they do, they can stain walls, curtains, and other items with their excrement.
These bugs are an agricultural pest that turns into a household pest when it starts to get cold. Like those boxelder bugs, stink bugs will start crawling on the walls of your home to stay warm. If they get inside, they will crawl around in curtains, perch on ceiling lamps, and buzz around. These bugs also have a chemical smell that most folks find unpleasant.
Asian Lady Beetles
Asian lady beetles are colorful and are usually found in crop fields and gardens, feeding on aphids, which make them a beneficial insect for farmers and gardeners. But, they are not so beneficial when they get into homes, or crawl on porch screens by the hundreds. They can also stain rugs and floors if they get squished.
When it starts to get cold, wasps will begin to explore your eaves for a good place to overwinter. They will also look for ways to get into your home through your windows. When wasps get inside, it can lead to accidental contact and painful stings. These insects do not have a barb on their stinger and are able to sting multiple times.
If you would prefer to not have irritating bugs flying around, staining your belongings with their feces, staining your carpets with their foul smelling innards, dive bombing you while you eat, making a stink, crawling on your television, or stinging you, consider choosing a pest control maintenance program that includes misting. The pest specialists here at All-American Pest Control work hard to keep overwintering pests out. Reach out to us today for a free home evaluation, and say goodbye to frustrating fall pests.