Wintering Pests

boxelder bug controlWe all know that when the winter comes, the bugs tend to disappear, but where do they go? Surely they don’t all die off; otherwise how would they come back in the spring? While many do only survive as a species by laying eggs in the ground that hatch once the weather comes up, quite a few actually do normally survive the winter. Here’s a few to look out for.

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs, named after the odor caused by their defense mechanism, are one of the insects that often survive the cold winter months by entering your home. Be careful about leaving pumpkins on your porch during fall, as stink bugs like to snack on pumpkin juice. They are pests who like to feed on a range of different fruit and vegetable crops, and since 2012 they have spread to 40 states in the United States. If they cannot find a way indoors, they survive the  winter by hibernating. Adult bugs can hibernate for anywhere from a few months up to a year.

Box Elder Bugs

These bugs are native to the western states but have spread across the country and into Canada. The box elder bugs feed on fruits such as apple and plum trees, and during warmer climates tend to live on maple trees. During winter though the bugs will invade homes, settling themselves in small cracks and crevices in the walls to survive the cold temperatures. If you find these bugs in your home do not kill them, as they leave a foul odor that can attract dermestid beetles if not removed. Use a vacuum to collect them and then get rid of the bag, and if you find more than a few, consider contacting a pest control professional.

Asian Ladybug

The Asian ladybug is a native of Asia that was brought to the United States in the early 1900s. It was released into the northeastern parts of the country to control pest population for crops like citrus trees and alfalfa. The Asian ladybug has helped reduce the use of pesticides, and can eat up to 50 aphids in a day. Unlike the native ladybug, this species can be aggressive and have been known to swarm and even bite when trying to find shelter for winter. Once these ladybug lookalikes have found a home to hibernate in during winter they tend to come back to that home year after year. They do not eat home materials or lay eggs inside your home, but they can be incredibly annoying, so it is not unreasonable to call for pest control assistance in removing them.

Winter Moth

The winter moth is one of the few insects that survive the cold months of fall and winter without hiding or hibernating, instead flying in weather close to zero degrees Fahrenheit. The males and females vary in appearances. The male has a bold dark band on their large wings, while females are flightless with tiny dark striped wings. Females hang out at the base of trees during the daytime until dusk, when they climb up the tree to find a mate and lay eggs. These moths are an invasive species and can cause great damage to the plants and trees in the area, making them especially troublesome for farmers.

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