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Cold weather brings about many great things. Christmas, cooler temperatures, and snow are just some of the amazing things that come along with the winter weather. Unfortunately, it also brings along some not-so-positive things. Amongst these would be overwintering pests.
Overwintering pests are pests that start seeking refuge indoors as the winter weather approaches. These insects just aren’t equipped to handle the cooler weather. The biggest problem with these bugs is if you spot just one or two, there are likely hundreds, maybe thousands, nearby. Therefore, it becomes pertinent to learn to control and prevent these pesky pests. That’s what we are exactly here to help you accomplish.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
The brown marmorated stink bug, also known as the stink bug, is typically grayish/brown in color with white stripes. They have six legs and can grow to be as large as ½ inch long. Their triangular, shield-shaped body will distinctively make them stand out. However, they can secrete chemical-like odors that will make them stand out the most. While these pests prefer to be outdoors and spend most of their time out there, they will venture indoors when the weather starts to turn.
Despite the unpleasant odor they emit, this is only something they do as a defensive maneuver. The adults of the species are agile flyers and usually the first to be noticed as the weather warms.
When invading the home, they usually take up and corrugate near the sunny side of the structure. They also enjoy other parts of the home that provide natural warmth like attics, furnace rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. They generally eat ornamental plants, fruits, and houseplants. If you see little bite marks on these items, you could have a stink bug infestation on your hands.
Asian Lady Beetles
The Asian Lady Beetle is just another amongst the overwintering pests you will contend with. These bugs are smaller in size with a half-hemisphere body, black spot, and red or orange shells. Their heads are usually also solid black with white spots that look similar to eyes. They can range anywhere from 1/3 to 3/8 inches in length and will be found throughout the United States, especially in your area. They are harmless for the most part but can be a nuisance when corrugated in the home.
Like the stink bug, they also possess the ability to secrete a foul-smelling, pungent odor. This is also a defense mechanism the bug utilizes when provoked. One major difference between this bug and the stink bug is that the odor secreted by this bug can stain delicate materials. In addition to this, these bugs have been known to enhance asthma symptoms in asthmatic individuals.
These bugs can be found in similar areas as the stink bugs, but as far as appetite goes, these bugs like to consume other insects. They’ll consume plants and other similar items, but will prey on other insects as well, making them more of an environmentally beneficial pest.
The Boxelder Bug
Upon laying eyes on the boxelder bug, it will be hard not to be impressed. These beautifully colored bugs are black with fiery red or orange striping. This with their flat wings and oval-shaped bodies makes them look like an insect built specifically for show or racing. They only grow to be around ½ inch in length but get their name from the fact that they live in and feed on boxelder trees. They also can be found in cherries, maples, and ashes. Like the other overwintering pests, they are nothing more than a nuisance.
Their waste can cause red stains on curtains, upholstery, clothing, and other materials.
The one thing that completely distinguishes them from the other bugs mentioned here is that they bite. This is likely only something you’ll experience when handling the bugs, but it is imperative to note they bite. Given their unique appearance, many people try handling these bugs. They also emit a pungent, unpleasant odor. When bitten many people have experienced irritated skin. These bugs can be found anywhere where the sunlight is. In addition to consuming seeds and leaves from specific trees, they also eat fruits like apples and plums.
The bugs mentioned above might be the most common overwintering pests you’ll encounter in your area, but there are plenty more. Learning the characteristics and traits of each of these creepy crawlers will be difficult. Luckily, you don’t need to when you have our card hanging on your refrigerator. All one must do is pick up the phone and give our local office a ring.