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Fall Pests

Believe it or not, fall pests are already starting to make trouble for homeowners in Central Virginia.  Pests are starting to look for a safe, warm place to call home during the colder late fall and winter months.

Holistic Pest Solutions is here to provide you with some information about controlling fall pests and how you can stop them from invading your home this season.

Insects like stink bugs, box elder bugs, spiders, and ladybird beetles are all common fall pests in Virginia.  They will enter into homes through small openings and seek out shelter behind walls, in crawl spaces, basements, and in attics and will remain throughout the winter months. These pests are not particularly dangerous, but are quite a nuisance to have in your home. They will crawl over your walls, furniture, and upholstery – leaving behind nasty splotches and stains if they are accidentally squished; and in the case of the stink bug, they can emit a horrible odor as well.

Your home may attract fall flies in search of heat – and if they are already overwintering, a warm day may bring them out of hiding.  After working all summer to create the largest nest possible, it becomes a struggle for stinging insects such as Yellow Jackets and Wasps to feed so many mouths with temperatures dropping and food sources dwindling. With the yellow jackets, paper wasps, and hornets they will soon create the last brood which will be queens. The queens will be inseminated now and abandon their hideaway in search of a place to overwinter. Under these circumstances, stinging insects may enter your home and settle in your attic, garage or shed.  Next spring, or on a wintery warm and sunny day, they become active and begin the search for a suitable spot to start a nest.

Prevent flies and stinging insects from ever entering by taking care to open and close outside doors quickly and only open windows that have screens.  

Cool autumn weather may also bring ant trails indoors. During the warmer months, ants set up their network of nests outside and in walls to resource and utilize nature’s abundance. As the cold comes, they will pull this network from outside into the walls and other inside nooks. The network bides its time being active when a winter’s sunny day warms up space. When spring comes back around, part of the network resources outside but now they are in the walls also. And close to the kitchen. It will be very difficult to get them out again. Holistic Pest Solutions provides a service plan that delivers continuous service and lets us work on pest issues to keep them under control so they don’t rebound from the efforts and headway we made during the spring to fall.

mouse breadRodents are another very common pest that likes to take up residence inside of homes this time of year; and rodents can be both damaging and dangerous to have living in your home. Rodents will enter and find quiet spaces in your home to create a nest for the winter in; they will travel through your walls and into your kitchen and help themselves to your food. Along with stealing your food they will contaminate your kitchen counters, pantries, and drawers with their feces and urine; and can introduce dangerous diseases and bacteria into your home. They are also responsible for chewing through wires, pipes, insulation, drywall, flooring, furniture, clothing, and personal items.

We can all agree that insects and rodents do not make good roommates, but the question now is how do we prevent them from coming in?  There are some easy changes you can implement around your home.

Here are some things you can do around your home to protect it from fall pests:

  • Make sure that outdoor trash cans are securely closed
  • Keepa cap on your chimney
  • Stack wood for the winter away from your home’s exterior.
  • Fix areas of pooling water around your home, along with any leaky faucets or pipes.
  • Exclude pests from your home by sealing cracks in the foundation of your home, caulking gaps around windows and doors, installing door sweeps, and making sure that screens are intact.

Holistic Pest Solutions can also help with our year-round home pest control programs.  We apply long term solutions to your pest control needs year round!  Our pest control experts will help to eliminate and control fall and other common household pests now and throughout the entire year.

CONTACT Holistic Pest Solutions to learn more about our treatment plans or give us a call at 434 842 1700.  Whether you’re in Charlottesville, Waynesboro, or close by to either, Holistic Pest Solutions has the perfect plan for you that is Mindful Of Our Clients AND our earth.

*Our Environmental Commitment:  Holistic Pest Solutions is committed to the preservation of our environment. Our goal is to nurture the soils and plant life of lawns and landscapes.  Utilizing holistic pest control practices that cause the least amount of impact on the environment.

How To Get Rid Of Stinkbugs

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Stink bugs feel like nature’s revenge for every insect you’ve ever squished. They get their name from the foul stench they release when they’re threatened or disturbed. It’s a smell that’s tough to describe. Notes of dirty socks, rotting fruit and paper-mill pulp. In short, it stinks — and worse, it lingers. If you have a big stinkbug problem, we obviously recommend that you call us for an appointment, but if you think you’d like to take care of the issue yourself, we’ll give you some tips on how to get rid of stinkbugs in your home.

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Why Stink Bugs Come Indoors

Seasonal cues trigger stink bugs’ search for winter quarters; the shortening days and falling temperatures sending them scampering for cover. Their preference is sharing your home over the winter, piling into cracks and crevices by the thousands. Researchers once found 4,000 in a bread box size container — and 30,000 inside an outhouse-size building.

What They Do Inside

Once stink bugs hide indoors, they stage a slow-mo home invasion all winter long. They love to explore, lumbering along any surface — countertop, couch, toaster or bed. They like warm places, which means they’re happy to jump into your shower or morning coffee. When they fly, they bump and blunder into things, sounding like helicopters with serious mechanical issues.

The reason for a stink bug’s disoriented behavior indoors is diapause, a sort of insect hibernation. This zombie-like state allows them to move all around your home to find their favorite spot. They typically appear when a winter warm spell fools them into thinking it’s spring. Instead of finding their way outdoors, they emerge in your living spaces — and then chaos ensues. Inside, stink bugs tend to congregate on upper floors and in tight spaces. That’s why they often tuck into drapery folds and walk along the tops of walls. It’s why they mass in attics and crawl spaces above garages.

The good news is that stink bugs don’t eat, bite or reproduce indoors. When spring arrives, they’ll head outside to kick off a new season of munching and mating. The bad news is that they won’t leave until Spring and if you spot a few in your house NOW, there’s likely an army of them in your home.

What To Do

If you decide not to call us and want to deal with the stinkbugs on your own, it’s best to deal with them one by one. Here are some natural, holistic ways to deal with them.

Use Essential Oil Mix  – 10 drops of mint essential oil with 16 ounces of water and spray at interior entry zones like windows and doors.

Garlic Spray  – Combine two cups water and four teaspoons of garlic powder or a handful of garlic cloves and spray on indoor windowsills where stink bugs are likely to enter your home.

Vacuum the Critters  –  For bad infestations, some homeowners buy a small shop vac dedicated for stink bug use. You can also use a vacuum you already have, but proceed with caution with this tip. This method only works for vacuum cleaners with bags. And you’ll need to throw the bug-filled bags away immediately to prevent a stink bomb from developing.

Soapy Water  –  A stink bug’s natural reaction to any perceived threat is to drop straight down. Fill a wide mouth jar with soapy water (add some vinegar for extra killing power), move it into position beneath a stink bug, and most often it will drop right into the suds and drown. Combine equal parts hot water and dish soap in a spray bottle and spray on windowsill entry points.


Safeguard Your House  –  Prevention is key in combatting these critters. Caulk all cracks and crevices where bugs can enter. Place fine mesh over air vents to keep bugs from trying that sneaky alternative entryway.



Dryer Sheets  Dryer sheet odor offends stink bugs, so rubbing dryer sheets on window screens or at home entry points can be a great way to keep bugs at bay.

Sticky Pad  –  Cover a dry sweep mophead with a sticky lint remover sheet, and use it as a long-handled stink bug catcher. It’s perfect for grabbing any high-climbing bugs.

Night Light  –  Before bed, fill a wide pan with soapy water and place it in the room with the most stink bugs. Place a small light so it hangs over the dish. Overnight the stink bugs will flock to the light, fall into the suds and drown.

 

Avoid Chemical Insecticides  –  It’s tempting to douse the stinkers with an all-purpose insecticide, but few actually work to kill these bugs (they often raise from the dead a few days later). Also, if you do manage to kill them, their bodies may attract other insects to feed on them.

We hope you’ve found our tips on how to get rid of stinkbugs helpful.   CONTACT Holistic Pest Solutions if you need a free consultation for any pest problem or treatment any pests; or give us a call at 434 842 1700.  Whether you’re in Charlottesville, Palmyra, Keswick, Ivy, Crozet, Earlysville, Greene, Madison, Waynesboro, or Staunton, Holistic Pest Solutions has the perfect plan and we’re mindful of our clients AND our Earth.

*Our Environmental Commitment:  Holistic Pest Solutions is committed to the preservation of our environment. Our goal is to nurture the soils and plant life of lawns and landscapes.  Utilizing holistic pest control practices that cause the least amount of impact on the environment.

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