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Most people don’t have to be a pest management professional to figure out overwintering pests are hibernating insects. Well, to say they are hibernating insects is a bit of a stretch, but they are insects that make their way onto your property when the weather turns cooler. As it turns out, most homes, wall voids, and attic spaces provide the perfect environmental conditions for these pests. Overwintering pests can be more problematic to deal with than other pests because they consist of a variety of species rather than just one. For instance, box elder bugs, ladybugs, cluster files, leaf-footed pine seed bugs, and stink bugs. These are all examples of overwintering pests.
Box Elder Bugs
The box elder bug can be a major problem during the summer, as it’ll create havoc in your garden. These insects prefer to feed on box elder trees but will also eat maple and ash trees. However, it will be during the colder months that these nuisances make their way onto the property. They will seek refuge inside the home. Although they do not bite or sting or even transmit disease, they can emit a strong odor and stain. This will make your living space undesirable.
Leaf-Footed Seed Bugs
It is the pinecone and its seeds that will be at risk to the leaf-footed seed bug during the summer months. However, as soon as the cooler weather settles in, these insects will naturally seek shelter indoors. You might be surprised to see the pest appear in massive numbers when the weather starts to turn back warmer. Not to fear though, as this likely means the pest is trying to get back outside. It just, unfortunately, got turned around or lost along the way. These pests can cause structural damage, bite, sting, and emit foul odors. They’re not one you’ll want to play around with.
Upon first glance, the Asian ladybug is going to look just like the common ladybug. Unfortunately, the two are entirely different classes of species. Asian ladybugs are pesky pests that make their way onto the property as the winter weather starts to set in. They also bite and emit foul odors, making the living area a complete nightmare. Unfortunately, dead Asian ladybugs in the home mean other potential problems as well, as their carcasses can attract a whole selection of additional unwanted invaders.
The cluster fly is one that naturally prefers the outdoors. They only make their way onto properties and inside structures when they are absolutely forced. They sometimes even try to hide outside under the bark of trees and other areas just to avoid invading the home. When the weather doesn’t permit, they will make their way into the property via cracks and crevices in the foundation. They do not bite, they do not sting, and they don’t carry diseases, but they have been known to create health and liability concerns in areas like hospitals and food processing sites. This is likely because of their innate ability to evoke allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Simply put, you don’t want an encounter with one of these unwanted invaders.
The Stink Bug
Given the name, you can likely already surmise that this pest is going to create a stinky situation. That’s exactly what this growing nuisance will do. During the summer, they are nothing more than your common garden variety pest, feeding on vegetable crops fruits, trees, and other ornamental plants. However, as the winter settles in, they will seek shelter indoors. They’ll make their presence quickly known with their odor-producing capabilities. When the weather warms or the HVAC heats the surrounding environment, these stinky pests will emerge from their safety zones.
Regardless of the type of overwintering pest, you are dealing with, we are here to help. Whether is it questions, common concerns, or more information you need, feel free to reach out to our Austin office. We always have someone standing by willing and capable of helping. We have emergency techs available if and when they are needed.