Overwintering Pests

Seeking out warmth to survive the harsh winters, overwintering pests congregate in vast numbers in your home or property. This can cause massive damage, and lead to huge and expensive infestations when winter comes to an end.

Barefoot Pest Control provides comprehensive services throughout the year throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Call in our regular service to keep your lawn and home insect-free in all seasons, preventing infestations of these and other common wintering pests:

Pest Library: Stink Bugs

Dietary Needs

Stink bugs use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to puncture fruits and vegetables. This allows them to feed on the juices within.

Entry

Stink bugs often enter any homes, even new and well maintained ones, through cracks and crevices to spend the winter in wall voids, as well as attics and crawlspaces.

Nesting

Stink bugs lay their eggs on the underside of leaves. However, the adult insect becomes a nuisance when it attempts to enter homes for shelter in the late fall in order to nest through the winter.

Numbers

The severity of a stink bug infestation depends on two variables. The first consideration is how many stink bugs are living in the area during the spring and summer. The second factor is how much activity a house has previously had, because nesting insects produce a pheromone that invites their fellow stink bugs to nest in the same location in the future.

Control

Because of the massive numbers of stink bugs that infest a home in a single infestation, stink Bug control can be very extensive work. Stink bugs are notorious for finding the most difficult to reach cracks and crevices to wedge themselves into, often requiring ladders and specialized equipment to root them out. Fortunately, we have the tools and training to remove and exclude these nuisance pests.


Pest Library: Boxelder Bugs

Dietary Needs

Boxelder bugs feed on plant matter, especially the seeds of boxelder trees, maple trees and, more rarely, oak trees.

Entry

In the fall, boxelder bugs attempt to overwinter in large numbers, seeking entry into homes through cracks and crevices to shelter in attics and crawlspaces.

Nesting

Much like stink bugs, box elder bugs do not congregate for mating or any form of social grouping. However, they do seek to overwinter in large populations, emitting pheromones to attract other boxelder bugs to the same location.

Numbers

As with stink bugs, the severity of a boxelder bug infestation varies based on how large the local population of the insect is and how much residual pheromone is left over from previous overwintering events.

Control

Boxelder bug control can be very extensive work because of the massive numbers in which they invade homes. This work requires ladders and specialized equipment to extricate these difficult pests safely and effectively, so call in our pest management professionals for speedy relief.


Pest Library: Asian Lady Beetles

Dietary Needs

Asian lady beetles are insectivores, and mostly eat aphids.

Entry

While Asian lady beetles are usually an ally of humanity in the fight against insects, they sometimes go against us in the winter. In the fall, Asian lady beetles attempt to overwinter in large numbers, infiltrating through cracks and crevices and taking up residence in out of the way spaces for winter warmth.

Nesting

Asian lady beetles gather in large groups for winter warmth, causing property damage and presenting a health hazard from droppings and inhalation of chitin dust.

Numbers

The severity of an Asian lady beetle infestation can vary greatly based on how large that year’s local population of the insect was and how much residual pheromone was left within the structure from previous overwintering events.

Control

It takes an experienced crew to effectively clear out an Asian lady beetle infestation, as the large number of insects can often wedge themselves into difficult to reach spaces. This level of difficulty punishes impatience with a return of the infestation, but rewards methodical work with successful removal and exclusion for years to come. Call in our professionals for effective control of overwintering pests.

Call (855) 754-6760 or contact us today for pest control on your schedule, including 24/7 emergency service. We are your one stop home care company! From our base in Waldorf, Barefoot Pest Control provides complete protection against home and yard invading pests, termites and wildlife for Waldorf, La Plata, Clinton, Upper Marlboro, and Mechanicsville, Maryland, as well as Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.