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Overwintering pests might only be species that you have to deal with during specific times of the year, but that honesty doesn’t make them any less of a nuisance. You can guarantee there will be a time when these pests get more determined than ever to make their way onto your property. These are the times of the year when the weather changes from hot to cold, hence the name. Of course, you’re going to need to know more than what the name of this pest means. You’re going to need to know how to contend with them and keep them off your property. These are the very things we are here to help with.
When most excerpts talk about overwintering pests, they don’t oftentimes include mice. This is because not many people consider them overwintering insects, and they aren’t really. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t start scurrying indoors when the weather gets cooler. With this pest, there is the potential for all kinds of damage because of the constant gnawing. Mice are constantly gnawing to keep the growing pains of their front teeth at bay. They chew on wood as well as electrical wires. This can result in all kinds of potential damage, including electrical fires. Combine this with the potential threat of their feces and urine, and it just makes the situation all that much more threatening.
Boxelder bugs are just another threat that comes along with the cooler months. They are commonly found basking in the warmer sports of most buildings. This is where they congregate before migrating into insulated cracks and crevices. These bugs not only stain and smell, but some individuals have experienced slight allergic reactions when handling these beautifully colored bugs. In addition to this, they bite! Not a bug you want to share your winter living space with. Give us a call and we’ll ensure you stay boxelder bug-free this upcoming winter.
Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetles
As beautiful as the multi-colored Asian lady beetle is, she poses quite the threat you do not want to deal with. A good number of these bugs can evoke allergic reactions and exasperate asthma symptoms in asthmatic individuals. Combine this with the yellow foul-smelling fluid they secrete, and you can likely imagine the potential problems these cute little bugs pose. Taking safety precautions will be necessary, especially if you are bitten.
With a name like stink bugs, you can probably already imagine the problems these bugs pose. Their name is just the start of the problems they can cause in the home. They get inside your walls during the winter months, hibernate, and emerge when the weather turns warmer. Sometimes the HVAC system can draw them out as well, tricking them into thinking it is summer, but either way, you don’t want them roaming around the home with their potential to secrete foul-chemical smells. This brown marmorated stink bug hails from Asia but has rapidly grown in popularity in the US. Regardless of where you live, you’ll likely end up having to contend with these foul-smelling beats.
Preventing Overwintering Pests
The bugs you learned above are just the beginning of overwintering pests. There is a whole list of other creepy crawlers that could be classified as overwintering pests. Luckily, dealing with and preventing these unwanted nuisances take near the same approach. The best place to start is outside. These invaders are entering the home from outside this is where you must start with preventive measures.
Ensure that all cracks and crevices in the foundation are properly sealed with caulking or sealant. Install door sweeps on exterior entrances and repair all screening material. Always keep a close eye on the exterior light fixtures, as these are big attractors and can determine possible entry points. All this along with maintaining a clean property can go a long way to keeping your property pest-free. If further assistance is needed, we are here for you. Just reach out to our Davenport office and we’ll get someone out to the home.