There are a number of pests we can consider as New Jersey fall pest invaders. It’s the time of year when we start to see an increase in activity from these pests and we wanted to make a short post on the usual suspects invading homes.
The Stink Bug
Brown stink bugs were accidentally introduced here in the US from China and Japan. As the cooler temperatures begin, stink bugs start to move inside for the winter. Stink Bugs are a nuisance pest and if you ever smash a stink bug – you’ll know why they got their name. RM Termite can help you with preventative control techniques by sealing crevices, and making sure window screens, attic and soffit vents are in good shape.
The Lady Bug
Lady bugs will try and get indoors before the first frost. Lady bugs are really beetles and because they eat aphids – they are a welcome addition to gardens. In large populations, lady bugs are also considered a nuisance pest. Vacuuming a large group of these insects is the best way to remove them from your home. Also, like stink bugs consider preventative measures to control how they might get inside.
Box Elder Bugs
Like the fall invaders above, the Box Elder Bug enters the home to spend the winter. You may find these bugs clustering in large numbers at the base of trees or you may spot them on the south (warmest) sides of buildings. These bugs do not present a structural damage issue to your home, nor do they bite or leave a nasty odor if squished. However, like lady bugs and stink bugs, they can become a nuisance if they are present in large numbers on or inside your New Jersey home. Preventative controls like those mentioned above are the best ways to reduce populations and the chance for infestations.
In addition to these pests, mice, and spiders are also fall pest invaders to be on the lookout for.