Here in Georgia, fall is on its way, which means that soon you will be out in your yard, raking up leaves and preparing for fall. But Georgians aren’t the only ones getting ready for the cold months. Insects are on the prowl, looking for warm cozy places to wait for the arrival of spring. Although these pests are not dangerous, they can become nuisances when they come out and crawl around your house in the winter. If you haven’t been keeping up on the maintenance of your house you could be unwittingly inviting these pests into your home.
The brown marmorated stink bug is also a native to Asia and has found its way into American gardens and homes since its discovery in Pennsylvania back in 2001. Since then, these insects have spread throughout most of the eastern and western United States. The stink bug has a destructive appetite for fruits and vegetables and can cause severe damage to farms. Their feeding on certain crops can cause discoloration, necrosis, and malformed fruit.
Kudzu bugs were first discovered in Georgia in 2009 after it was imported from Asia. They are small brownish-green beetles about the size of a ladybug. They belong to the stinkbug family and will emit a foul-smelling odor when squished. Kudzu bugs start to look for overwintering spots beginning in October. They will search for locations in tree bark, lawn debris, and cracks in your home.
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
They may look like harmless ladybugs, but the multicolored Asian lady beetle can cause significant problems for homeowners and farmers. Asain lady beetles can be found in gardens, farmlands, and wooded areas. Like the ladybug, they will feed on aphids, but they can also feed on other crops when their primary food source runs out. Crops such as apples, raspberries, and grapes are prime targets. In the fall, you will find these beetles gathering on the sunny sides of buildings as they prepare to search for places to overwinter.
Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Maintained
One of the main reasons pests find their way into our homes in the fall is because our homes are not properly maintained. Insects don’t need a very big opening to be able to squeeze through. So check these hotspots before bugs start coming out and searching for places to spend the winter.
Use a rubber strip or a door sweep along the bottom of your door to make sure it seals all the way and prevent pests from crawling under.
Fix and rips or tears in your window screens to prevent pests and easy point of entry.
Check the caulking around your windows, doors, fascia boards.
Store Food Properly
The last thing you want to do is openly attract fall pests into your home with the allure of delicious scents. Store food, such as cereals and grains in airtight containers. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink and take out the trash regularly. Store garbage in your garage in a sealed container.
Hire The Pest Experts at Environmental Turf management
At Environmental Turf Management, we want you and your family to stay safe this year. Fall pests aren’t the only troublesome pests your yard will face. Fire ants, fleas, and ticks are still active and still pose a genuine threat.
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