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Fall Pests-a-Coming!

October 15, 2011 

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Kicking Fall Pests Out!
STINK BUGS!?
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Kicking Fall Pests OUT!

Trees changing color and temperatures dropping are a sure sign fall is just around the corner. But for some people, seeing pests like cluster flies, lady beetles, box elder bugs, and others beginning to migrate indoors is another sign fall is approaching.

 

Starting late summer or early fall, many pests find refuge indoors. They enter through cracks beneath siding and around windows, doors, vents, and eaves, and reside within voids inside the structure for the duration of the cold season.

 

They may be searching for additional moisture or food sources, so it is important to keep moisture levels in your home low, and minimize any other insects that might be possible food for the occasional invader. It is necessary to seal as many insect entry points as possible.

 

The next step is to modify the habitat surrounding your home by minimizing plants, mulch and lighting directly around your home. You can extend gravel or rock beds to a distance of at least 12" around your home, and begin plant beds out from there. Use low wattage yellow bug lights or sodium vapor lights near your home, which are much less attractive to insects.

 

To ensure exclusion, preventive treatments should be performed prior to invasion, usually July through September depending on local conditions. Residual treatments on outdoor surfaces work well for prevention.

 

Prescription Treatment brand  Cy-Kick CS Controlled Release Cyfluthrin works well as a general treatment to foundations for the right Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. If active infestations are discovered, move to treatment immediately.

Stink BUGS!?

   

The annual stink bug race is on and stopping them before they make it inside your home is the best chance a homeowner will have to limit their home invasion. These are brown marmorated stink bugs, and they are native to Asia. The stink bug supposedly originated in a shipment of goods at a Walmart store in Pennsylvania sometime before 1998. They were first recorded in Lynchburg in 2005. Now they are in 33 states.They only want to over-winter inside your home. These Stink bugs will find any entrance they can to gain access to your home. They are simply looking for a warm spot to hang out for the winter.


Really, the best way to control them is to prevent them from coming inside. This can be done by filling all your cracks and crevices that the stink bugs can gain access to, windows, door jams, weep holes, etc. Plug up any utility pipes with silicone caulk and use screening for attic and crawl space vents. If your doors and windows are not covered by tight-fitting screens, keep them shut. Seal your house up as tightly as possible.


The next step to is to apply an insecticides spray on the exterior of your house. This may will help control stink bugs but it needs to be applied when the bugs first appear or right before a drop in temperature. Do a good perimeter treatment with something like Talstar. You will want to focus on all the areas that we just recommended creating a tight seal with, such as doors, windows and attic vents. Using Talstar should give you a good amount of control; they will come in contact with the chemical as they try to make entry into your home.
 

Using a vacuum cleaner for stink bugs that do make it inside is a low cost effective method of control. For some homeowners this is not an option as the population is so extensive, using a aerosol pyrethrin like PT 565 is a good option to spray directly on the stink bugs for a immediate control.


Remember to be thorough with your inspections of the entry points, and when perimeter spraying using a residual insecticide. Treating before the stink bug is urged to seek shelter inside your home for the winter is the key to keeping your home stink bug free!


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