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.