Wisconsin Winter Insect Pest Control & Exterminator
We all know how harsh Wisconsin winters can be, and some insects would agree. They can cause stains, smells, and gather in large numbers that's both unsightly and unsettling!
Here are the three insects most likely to follow you inside this winter:
Boxelder Bugs. Like many Wisconsinites, Boxelders are seasonal residents. In the summer, they prefer to live outside in Box Elder trees - where they get their name from. But in winter they follow the heat inside. They'll take advantage of any opening in your home - cracks, vents, chimneys, you name it. Though they don't bite, they can leave stains on your carpets, furniture, upholstery, and walls. They also tend to gather in large groups. If you live near Boxelder trees, you're proobably well aware of this.
- 1/2” long when fully grown
- Oval body, 6 legs, black and orange
- Gather in large groups
Asian Beetles (aka orange ladybugs). Asian beetles are common in the midwest. They’ll follow the sun through the sky during summer to stay warm, so when winter hits, moving in is their only chance. Like Boxelders, these beetles will take advantage of any opening in your home, and leave yellow stains when agitated or crushed. They also gather in large numbers when they move in for the winter.
- About 3/8" long & 3/8" wide
- Orange with black spots
- The orange equivalent of native red ladybugs
- Gather in large numbers
Stink Bugs. The brown marmorated stink bug has been increasingly common in the Midwest. They are small and brown. When stepped on or threatened, they produce a horrible smell that can linger for a long time. During winter months, they follow the warmth inside. What makes these stinkers so much more problematic, is that when they find warmth, they secrete pheremones that attracts other stink bugs.
- Brown, "shield" shaped body.
- 3/8" long
- Gather in large numbers
- Produce terrible smell
Why do bugs get into homes during the winter?
Reason #1: It’s cold!
Reason #2: Snow and barren vegetation presents a huge shortage of food and resources for a lot of insects. Humans keep a lot of food inside.
How do insects get inside houses?
Insects enter homes through any opening, crack, crevice, you name it. This commonly includes cracks in your home's foundation or exterior, chimneys, windows, door frames, vents, and siding. The opening does not need to be big for them to fit.
We recommend thoroughly checking the exterior of your home every year before winter and sealing any openings you find.
What kinds of problems do insects cause in a house?
Insects present all sorts of problems that often depend on the species. For these species, stains, smells, and unsettling numbers are the big three. But the larger issue we're looking to resolve is the recurring visits. After a few years, the stains and smells can start to add up and lead to costly replacement or repair. These pests will make their winter migrations into your house every year if the problem is not professionally handled.
What to do if you have a insect infestation
A-Landlords Pest Management has been providing effective and affordable insect control in Milwaukee for over 25 years. We use proven methods to exterminate all types of insects and take measures to make sure they don't come back. If you have a winter insect problem in your home or business, don't put off getting it taken care of. Contact us today to request a quote.