Lady Bugs, Box Elder Bugs, and Other Fall Pest Control
In autumn, the leaves fall, the temperatures cool and Asian lady beetles (commonly referred to as lady bugs) and box elder bugs flood homes in the Midwest. It’s a common misconception that these pests and other hibernating insects such as brown marmorated stink bugs and cluster flies are spring pests, because that’s usually when homeowners see them in their window sills. What many people don’t realize in spring is that these pests have been hiding out in their homes all winter.
How Do They Get In?
When the temperatures start to drop, generally from mid-September to mid-October, hibernating insects start looking for a warm structure to over-winter, or hibernate. They usually enter homes through small cracks and crevices, around windows, under doors and at multiple other access points. Lady bugs and other hibernating insects go dormant in warm, dark areas such as wall voids or attics until the weather warms up. On the first warm day in spring, homeowners will see lady bugs and box elder bugs begin to emerge from their dormant state and head towards light, hoping to get back outdoors.
How to Get Rid of Fall Pests
The best treatment for hibernating insects is preventing them in the fall. Schedule an exterior barrier spray with Wil-Kil and find tips on preventing lady bugs, box elder bugs, stink bugs and cluster flies below:
- Inspect your home for cracks and crevices. Fill openings with a high-quality sealant.
- Check window and door screens for rips and tears. Repair openings or replace screens.
- Inspect all access points to the house including conduits, vents, etc. Ensure there are no gaps around them. If there are, repair them or fill them with sealant.
- Ensure doors and windows seal completely. If they do not, add window seals or door sweeps to prevent pest access.
- Regardless of how carefully you inspect your home, there will always be small openings you can’t see, whether it is under the siding, under a window frame or somewhere else. For this reason, we also recommend an exterior barrier spray to prevent lady bugs, cluster flies, box elder bugs and stink bugs from entering your home.
Schedule your hibernating insect treatment today: 800-236-8735