Are you ready? It's that time of year again. The time when boxelder bugs start to congregate on the walls of homes and businesses in Middle Tennessee. And when they do, they can also find their way inside. If you'd prefer to not spend the winter months with black and red, cockroach-like, bugs crawling around in your home and staining your belongings, here are a few things you can do to keep them out.
Many bugs can be deterred from hanging out near your home. They come in close to take advantage of moist soil, shade, hiding places, and food sources. When they do, they will explore your foundation and exterior walls for entry points they can exploit. The threat of these creatures can often be reduced by the simple maintenance of your exterior, which is probably something you do to keep your home beautiful, anyway.
Boxelder bugs don't fit into this category. These bugs congregate on the walls of a home to take advantage of sun-warmed surfaces. So, measures that deter fall pests don't work with these insects. You're going to have to roll up your sleeves and do some work to keep boxelder bugs out. You're going to need to do a detailed inspection and seal any gaps, holes, and cracks you find. When you do, don't neglect hard-to-reach locations such as under your porch or deck.
Once everything is sealed up, and you've addressed all possible entry point as best you can, you may be able to keep boxelder bugs out, but they will still be free to congregate on your walls. And, when they congregate on your walls, they can fly right into your home every time you open the front door to go in or out.
If you've done everything you can to keep boxelder bugs out of your home, it is more than a little bit disheartening to see them bunching up on window sills, grouping next to your foundation, piling up on electrical boxes, congregating on your siding, or zipping in through your front door every time you come home from work. Let the educated and experienced pest professionals at All-American Pest Control help you complete the job by applying a treatment of EPA-approved product to your exterior walls. This will knock down any bugs present and prevent new bugs from using your home to sun themselves.
For more information on boxelder bugs and other fall pests or to request a free evaluation for your Tennessee home, reach out to us today. Now is the time to get ready for the fall invasion. Together, we can keep those bugs outside, where they belong.