As autumn rolls around, much needs to be done around your house beyond preparing the lawn and garden for the winter. Yes, that one last fertilizer treatment needs to be applied to boost root growth before winter and repair any damage caused by the summer heat. Yes, if you own them, storm windows need to be hung to keep winter heat inside. But let’s not forget about preparing your home to keep winter bugs out!
For some homeowners, pest control is a constant war, with battles all year long. On the other hand, some homeowners are more fortunate, and insects are a significantly smaller concern that only needs addressed periodically.
Regardless of your year-round situation, autumn insect control is important for every homeowner. Preparing for winter insects should rank up in importance with getting the snowblower ready or cleaning the fireplace chimney.
Living in the Midwest means we are blessed with many household insects wanting to hang out with us humans in the same spaces. Sometimes it feels as though they are everywhere—not only in our backyards but inside our homes too.
While this isn’t a complete list, some of the most commonly found insects in our area include bees, ants, wasps, box elder bugs, lady beetles, chiggers, mites, cockroaches, spiders, flies, fleas, centipedes, silverfish, ticks, stinkbugs, pillbugs, and mosquitos.
As summer temperatures drop and cooler autumn and winter conditions descend, insects—and other pests—naturally make their way indoors, looking for more suitable living spaces. For many people, this is the most common time to see indoor bugs. These unwanted guests are looking for food, water, warmth, and shelter.
Once insects come inside your home, you will typically find them in the following places.
As the weather cools and insects migrate indoors, homeowners see fewer winged bugs inside and find more creepy-crawly varieties. Common winter insects found in Midwest homes include:
Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” which holds true regarding pest control. Keeping pests from entering your house is well worth the time and effort put forth. It’s easier to prevent insects from coming in than dealing with an infestation once it occurs.
As mentioned before, invading pests are looking for food, water, warmth, and shelter—eliminating these four items, coupled with minimizing entry points, is the best way to dissuade them from coming inside.
In cases where the above items don’t keep insects out, and you still are finding pests in your home, consider spraying a home insect barrier around the perimeter of your house. A home insect barrier is an effective way to winterize your home against insects and keep them from making their way indoors. These barriers are beneficial if you have problems with spiders inside your house.
To create a home insect barrier, insecticide is sprayed outside around the perimeter of the home. When insects try to cross this barrier (or ingest it) to get inside, the actives penetrate through their skin, exciting their nervous system and killing them quickly. These barriers are incredibly helpful if you want to prevent spiders like the black widow or brown recluse.
If you’re feeling up to it, you can take this task on as a DIY project, and spray the home yourself. When creating the insect barrier, make sure to treat the entire foundation, around doors and windows, and any cracks and crevices that are possible entry points. Also, follow label directions carefully regarding dosing rate and application conditions such as temperature and rainfall events.
For those less inclined to take on the project, consider hiring a professional pest control service for a home insect barrier program. Our treatment program is ecologically safe for use around kids and pets, providing an invisible shield to winterize your home against insects.
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