Keep Pests Out This Winter

Winter is coming and so are the bugs and rodents. Have you noticed large amounts of bugs gathering around your windows and doors? They are searching for a warm place to spend the winter and have decided that place is your home. If you aren’t prepared you could be squashing bugs and trapping mice throughout the winter. Follow these steps from Lawn Matters to make sure your home stays your home this winter.

 

We tend to think that the best part about winter is the lack of bugs. While it is true that most species of insects either die or go dormant for the winter, there are some that seek out warm places and if they get into your house the warmth could make them active all winter.

 

Asian Lady Beetle

Asian beetle vs lady bug beetle in Northeast Ohio

Looking similar to ladybugs, the Asian lady beetle was introduced to the U.S. by the Department of Agriculture to combat pests such as aphids.  Squashing them produces an obnoxious odor so it’s best to prevent them from getting in.

 

Box Elder Bugs

Box elder bug trap in Northeast Ohio

When the nights are cold and days are warm the box elder bugs evacuate the trees they spent all summer feeding on. Pay special attention to caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors that face the setting sun.

 

Stink Bug

These bugs are very common in Ohio in the fall. They feed on vegetables and fruits and you might find a bunch of them under your squashes and pumpkins in your garden. As temperatures drop they will gather in large numbers in search of overwintering sites, usually on the outsides of houses.

 

Prevention

To ensure that your house is safe from invaders this winter follow these tips.

 

Clean Up Around Your House

Clear away piles of leaves or other debris lying close to your house. This is an open invitation for insects and even rodents.

 

Keep Your House Dry

Insects need water throughout the winter and just a little bit can sustain them for long periods of time. Check for leaks in the basement and use dehumidifiers to keep them dry and unappealing.



Seal Openings

Check for holes in screens, vents, or decaying wood around the eves of your house. Make sure weather stripping and caulking are in good condition. Inspect the foundation for cracks and seal them if there are any.

 

Call A Pro

Pest-proofing your house can be time-consuming and costly.  At Lawn Matters, we can put you and your family at ease with our perimeter pest control program. Contact us today to learn more or call now at (440) 834-1255 to schedule an appointment.