There are lots of bugs that can get into our house all year long. They are the bugs that are able to find food inside man-made structures. That food may be the food we eat, like pantry items or the remnants left on dishes. It can also be the food rotting in our trash cans. They come in to feed on the wood in the framing of our homes. They feed on our furniture, our wallpaper, our clothing, and other items that belong to us. They can even find food inside our veins. There are lots of bugs with a wide variety of diets. And, sometimes, bugs don't even come into our houses to eat any of the above items. Some bugs come into our homes to eat the other bugs that have come into our homes to eat those things. But, there is one category of bug that doesn't come in for the food. Sure, some of them can find a bite to eat, but that isn't why they come in. These are the "occasional invaders" we call overwintering pests. And with Labor Day over and summer nearing an end, it is time to start thinking about them.
Occasional invaders are the bugs that feed on things that are, either, not found in our homes, or not abundant in our homes. Take the boxelder bug, for instance. It finds its food source on Boxelder trees. If it can't find Boxelder trees, it will sometimes feed on other trees, like maples and ash. Since, you probably don't have any boxelder, maple, or ash trees in your home, there is little reason for these bugs to stay. But they do stay--all winter long.
It all begins in fall when these bugs start to congregate on the sunny side of homes. As they crawl around, they find tiny entry points and exploit them. This brings them inside.
Every home has its overwintering pest pressures. Some folks fight ladybugs each fall. Some deal with stink bugs crawling in their curtains and perching on their light fixtures. Some find swarms of large black flies appearing as if out of nowhere. It is also possible to have a combination of these pests. Perhaps you recognize a few of your own pests listed above.
Now is the time to get your home prepared for these fall invaders. While they can't live in your house permanently, they are definitely unwelcome winter guests. There are many ways to seal up your exterior walls, and we could bore you with them all, but the truth is that the only way to completely exclude overwintering bugs is to apply a chemical barrier to your home. Seek out a professional pest control company to make sure this barrier is applied in accordance with government safety standards and the best practices established by experts in the pest control industry, and then you can rest easy this winter. If you are in the St. Louis area, give the professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions a call to learn more about our year-round pest control solutions.