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Overwintering Insect Control Tips


Overwintering PestsSummer has all but faded for good. The early chill of autumn has ushered in sightings of yellowbird school buses, crossing guards and excited children eagerly on the go with lunch pails in hand and book bags in tow. Perhaps now seems like an ideal time to enjoy a good book from that inviting hammock. But wait, hold off on that nap in the  hammock. Unless, you’ve already taken the time to check for the threats of overwintering insects.

It is the time of the year when overwintering insects are determined to enter your home. Kudzu bugs (aka globular stink bugs) and brown marmorated stink bugs are just two types of pests to contend with when the weather changes. There are also cluster flies, western conifer seed bugs, boxelder bugs and multi-colored asian ladybugs. These are the significant overwintering pests threats.

The western conifer seed bugs and all of the stink bugs emit foul odors, can stain housing materials like curtains, walls and linens. The multi-colored asian lady bugs, those harmless cute-looking little things also bite and can cause allergic reactions.

Overwintering Pest Control Tips:

–   Perform a thorough inspection to determine all possible pest entry points paying close attention to exterior light fixtures.

–   Light sources coupled with gaps typically leads to overwintering pests entry points.

–   Seal up entry points prior to the fall using a good quality silicone sealant.

–   Seal cracks and crevices around doors, windows, trim, interface of fascia and exteriors of walls, around utility pipes and around chimneys.

–   Install screens in exterior attic openings and vents.

–   Insecticidal dusts should be applied by a pest control professional to unsealed gaps, openings around exterior light fixtures and all unsealed penetration points leading into your home.

–   Hire a pest control professional to treat your home, focusing behind shutters, address labels that are affixed to the outside of your home, & areas where indoor light may be visible from the outside as insects tend to be drawn to light. Anything that is attached to the exterior wall can harbor and allow overwintering insects to invade your living space.

–   Contact, Ehrlich, today for your free home inspection and savor the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we will take care of all of your pests concerns. Then you will be able to catch a good read or a well-deserved nap in that inviting hammock.

Which overwintering pests do you have trouble with in your home? Share below in the comments! 

Stephen E. Doyle

I am a Professional Writing major at Penn State University (Berks Campus). I will graduate in May 2014. I have finally decided to pursue my lifelong love of writing via a career change. I am a fulltime college student, fulltime father of two wonderful boys- 8 years and 5 months- and an avid reader of noir fiction, historical fiction and enjoy the occasional biography. I am also a freelance writer enjoying my summer internship with Rentokil (Ehrlich) in Reading, Pennsylvania as a marketing intern primarily writing for the blog sites for Rentokil and Ambius as well as content for the Rentokil (Ehrlich) website. I freelance for The Reading Eagle newspaper (Berks County, Pa) and I write for the Home Builders Association's award winning bi-monthly magazine, 'At Home In Berks'. A few of my hobbies are writing, watching and playing soccer with my 8 year-old son, watching my 8 year-old son play soccer, reading, watching old films (Kurosawa, Melville, Dasin, Wim Wenders, etc.), cooking and weekend jaunts to New York City.

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