The phrase “snug as a bug in a rug” didn’t just come out of nowhere. If they aren’t already, there will be plenty of creepy crawlies attempting to make your home their own this fall. Asian beetles and boxelder bugs are some of the top offenders, and if you’re not careful, they can become a serious nuisance. Here are a few easy ways to prevent Asian beetles and boxelder bugs from entering your home and what to do if they’re already inside.
Outside Your Home
The best way to prevent bugs, and any other pest, from entering your home is to take action while they’re still outside. Effective pest control is something you can practice all year round; doing so can help you prevent a serious pest infestation.
There are a number of pesticide sprays that can be used to form a barrier around your home. For the best results, use your pesticide spray on a regular basis throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
Overgrown bushes and unkempt shrubs are a perfect bridge from the outdoors to the exterior of your home. Unruly landscaping is an open invitation to bugs seeking shelter. Before long, though, the plant-based shelter won’t be good enough, and the bugs will move on to find a new home—in yours.
Mild fall temperatures are perfect for open windows. Before you open your home, though, be sure to fix any holes in the screens of your windows and doors. Doing so will allow you to enjoy the fresh air without inviting in unwanted guests.
Asian beetles and boxelder bugs (as well as many other insects) need only a teensy crack to make their way into your home. Scan your siding, roofing, and foundation for any potential entry points, and repair them promptly.
As you bring seasonal outdoor furniture into your garage or attic, be sure to check that it isn’t carrying any tagalongs. Sealing cushions and outdoor rugs in large trash bags will ensure that any remaining insects perish.
Inside Your Home
You can also take steps inside your home to deter bugs from entering. To protect yourself and your home,
- Use weather stripping on doors
- Store food in airtight containers
- Sweep and vacuum behind furniture, and monitor these areas for signs of infestation
- Seal points of entry for pipes, wires, and cables
If you choose to use an indoor pesticide, be certain that you follow the directions carefully and keep your pets and children away from the potentially harmful chemicals.
How to Remove
You can always go the traditional squishing route, but if you want to avoid the stinky repercussions, here are a few ways to remove Asian beetles and boxelder bugs from inside your home:
- Spray with a soap and water solution, and then wipe away with a paper towel.
- Trap the intruder with a piece of toilet paper, and flush it down the toilet.
- Suck up the pest with your handheld vacuum extension, and immediately empty into an outdoor trash bin.
If bugs are becoming too much of a problem for you this fall, contact Springer in Des Moines. The pest control professionals at Springer will examine your home, treat the pest problem, and help you prevent future invasions. Try our leading residential pest control services for yourself this fall. Set up your free inspection today!