With fall and the colder temperatures upon us now is the time to pest-proof your home from rodents and other overwintering pests like boxelder bugs and stink bugs. Time spent performing exclusion around your home will help to ensure you are not dealing with pests all winter long. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
When it comes to rodents, stink bugs and boxelder bugs, exclusion really does work. Simply shutting your windows and doors will not keep these pests out! In the fall, these bugs are looking for ways into your home. The passage into your home can be very small, so you need to look at your home like a small insect would look at your home. You need to find the cracks, small holes, and crevices in which these bugs can get it. Don’t forget to examine window screens and weather strips around doors that may be old and in need of replacement. The whole perimeter of the home should be investigated.
If boxelder bugs have been a nuisance in your NJ home in the past, make sure to pay special attention to the south side of the structure. Boxelder bugs congregate on the south side of buildings seeking out warmth from the sunshine. As the weather continues to turn colder, boxelder bugs will look for a way inside of the home.
Properly sealing cracks and crevices into the home is your best course of preventative action against boxelder bugs. One of the best ways to seal cracks and keep pests out it to use silicone or silicon-latex caulk. The caulk will fill the entire hole so that the pests are not able to squeeze through.
Don’t have time to properly seal the cracks around your home? Don’t worry, Trius this fall! Trius Pest Management offers a fall exclusion program for NJ Homeowners. Exclusion is a key step in following an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to pests. By preventing pests from entering your home you can reduce the use of pesticides used in and around the home. An IPM approach to pests with a focus on prevention is safer for your family and the environment. Call us today to learn more about our Fall Exclusion Program.