Some pests seek warmth and shelter when the weather cools. Overwintering pests are pests that will specifically try to enter buildings during the winter. These pests will hide in cracks, crevices, attics, and crawlspaces throughout the cold months, then try to escape back outdoors when the weather warms in search of food.
Homeowners will typically see overwintering pests outside of their homes in the fall and then again inside their homes in the spring when the pests emerge on their way back outdoors. It is key for homeowners to prevent these pests from entering the home as overwintering pests can cause massive infestations. Some overwintering pests will also leave behind unpleasant odors and stains.
Below are 4 overwintering pests to watch out for this fall. Learn what they look like and how to keep them out of your home to prevent an infestation.
Named after the trees and shrubs they prefer to eat from, boxelder bugs are red and black, and leave behind a stain when they are crushed or disturbed. Often found on the sunny side of homes and structures in the fall, it is important to keep boxelders out of your home to prevent stains and massive infestations.