Stink bugs are just one of many pests that invade New Jersey homes in the fall

Soon enough the temperatures will really begin to fall in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey and you know what that means? It is time for the fall invaders to make their appearance and potentially infest your home. Among the many insects in New Jersey who will be seeking a warm place to spend the winter, the most commonly encountered fall pests are stink bugs, lady bugs and boxelder bugs. Read on to discover what to expect from these pests as well as how to keep bugs out of your home this fall!

The good news is that stink bugs, lady bugs and boxelder bugs are not capable of harming you or your home. But don’t get too excited because they are still considered a nuisance pest. Stink bugs leave a foul odor if they are crushed and lady bugs and boxelder bugs tend to congregate in large numbers, which means a whole lot of them inside your home at once. So while they are not particularly posing a danger, they still need to be removed as soon as possible.

Now if your home has not seen any pest activity yet this fall, then make sure that you keep it that way and learn how to properly pest proof your home. This way you will avoid the smell of stink bugs and the threat of a congregating lady bugs and boxelder bugs. The NJ pest control pros at ChemTec Pest Control would like to share some fall pest proofing tips below.

  1. Inspect the exterior of the home including the foundation, windows and doors for any small cracks, holes or crevices. Be sure to seal off any points of entry that bugs could use to gain access to your warm home.
  2. While the days may still be warm and sunny, if you are planning to have open windows they need to be checked for screens that fit securely and contain no holes or tears.
  3. Trim back bushes and shrubs from the side of the home that pests could use a bridge to get closer to the inside.
  4. Remove clutter in your home including in storage rooms, attics, and basements. With less places to hide, pests won’t stand a chance.

In addition to these pest proofing tips above, it is always advised to continue with your regular scheduled pest control services such as ChemTec’s GreenTec Home Pest Protection plan. This plan includes regular inspections, monitoring for pest activity, and treatments when necessary to ensure that you and your family are protected from any lurking pests.

For residents in Bergen County, Passaic County, Franklin Lakes and throughout ChemTec’s New Jersey service area, please contact us today for more information on how you can steer clear from the fall invaders!