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Each year around this time there is a major influx of bugs. What kind of bugs are we talking about? The ones that are not harmful but yet a major pain to deal with in the event that they find a way into your home. Both box elder bugs and ladybugs become a major nuisance to homes in Minnesota and across the Midwest with the onset of the fall season, which is why many people are wondering how to avoid the bugs that bug you in the fall. Their black bodies with red-rimmed wings characterize box elder bugs. They are an agricultural pest that feeds primarily on box elder, maple, and ash trees. But this does not mean they are not of concern to homeowners. If they find a way to get inside, you can count on not just one but many box elder bugs all congregated together in order to stay warm through the winter. Box elder bugs are not easy to get rid of but thankfully they are not going to cause harm, just bug you. Ladybugs are another and more well-known fall invader. Characterized by their red and black coloring with spots, ladybugs are often admired. But if you have ever had them in your home, you are probably not one to admire them. Just like box elder bugs these insects congregate in large numbers which makes getting rid of ladybugs very challenging. The best way to avoid being bothered by these fall pests is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. If you do not offer up your home, they will just have to find another place to spend the winter. So, what can you do this year to prevent fall invaders? Here is a list of pest proofing tips to help those in Minnesota as well as across the Midwest:

  1. Do a thorough inspection of the outside of the home to identify any cracks or holes.
  2. Properly seal off any openings that box elder or lady bugs could use to get inside.
  3. Be sure your screens are secured in windows and have no gaps, holes or tears.
  4. Apply weather strips to the doors to be sure they have a tight seal.
  5. If you are considering window replacements, opt for energy efficient windows to hold the heat in since this is how lady bugs are attracted to the home.
Unfortunately, it is not as simple as hanging a no vacancy sign but you can prevent pests from entering your home this fall if you make time to implement the pest-proofing techniques mentioned above. Of course, there is always the chance that a possible entry point is missed or preventative measures may not be enough so if you’ve already noticed insects or even rodents in your home this fall, Plunkett’s Pest Control can help! With years of experience in getting rid of box elder bugs and ladybugs as well as providing pest control in Minnesota and Nebraska as well as across the region, you can trust that your home will be restored to its normal conditions - pest free. To learn more about Plunkett’s pest control services in Minneapolis, Alexandria, and throughout Plunkett’s Midwest service area, be sure to contact us today!

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