Landscape Report


Don’t Let Insect Intruders Get the Best of You This Winter

By the end of November, most of us are ready to settle in for a nice warm bug-free winter. Unfortunately, some insects, like lady beetles, boxelder bugs and brown marmorated stink bugs have also decided to move into our homes to keep us company. In October when the weather cools, these insects take advantage of cracks and crevices, as well as the occasional open garage door to find their way into your living area. While many of these insects lay dormant until springtime, some of them will become active during sunny days when the home heating system lulls them into thinking summer is coming. When this happens, they can fly inside the house and become a real nuisance. While none of these insects can threaten your health, each has its own unique and unpleasant smell.

Once these insects are in your home, they are difficult to remove.  Although you can kill them with pesticides, it is often far easier to sweep or vacuum them as you find them.  Avoid contaminating your vacuum with a stinky insect smell by intercepting these insects with a nylon sock placed in the vacuum tube (Figure 2). After you have collected the insects, you can tie up the sock and dispose of it in the trash, or simply shake the insects outside into the cold where they will freeze.


Asian Lady Beetle.

Brown marmorated stink bugs


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