Whether you’re ready or not, they’re coming. It happens each fall in the New Jersey area. Bugs start getting the strange notion that they can live in your house. And, that you’re okay with that. Actually, they’re just motivated by the cold. They’ve had all summer to build their numbers, and now they’re ready to storm your castle to escape the coming frost. Here are some of the bugs you can expect to breach your walls this fall.

Boxelder bugs

These thin black bugs, with their fiery orange outlines, enjoy feasting on boxelder and maple trees. If you or your neighbors have these trees, you’ll get these bugs. They don’t generally bite. They’re just a nuisance, because they get into everything. And, if you squish them, you could stain your carpets, curtains, and clothes.

Stink bugs

These shield shaped, brown dotted bugs, are an agricultural pest. Most of the summer they are happy to stay out in the crop fields, but in fall you’ll find them scaling your walls, in a most untasteful fashion. Like the boxelder bugs, these bugs can stain your fabrics. But what makes these insects unbearable, is the smell. The secretion from their abdomen smells like dirty feet. It’s okay. You can say it. Yuck!

Ladybugs

Ladybugs are known for their red and orange coloring, and jet black spots. These oval bugs are somewhat pretty, when they are not huddled on your sill by the hundreds. Ladybugs are harmless, but mass numbers can be unsightly.

Cluster Flies

Cluster flies are black, and slightly larger than house flies. You won’t have any trouble distinguishing which is which though. Cluster flies swarm in bunches. In early fall you will find them on the sun-warmed sides of your home, and eventually in the kitchen and living room.

How do I keep these fall bugs out?

  • Good screens are your first line of defense against any bug. Check your window and door screens for any rips, tears, or holes. It doesn’t take much for a bug to get through.
  • Use a caulking gun to fill in gaps around fixtures, pipes, air conditioning units, and under loose siding.
  • Install door sweeps and weather stripping. You would be surprised how easily a bug can squeeze through a door crack.
  • Keep your inside and outside trash in sealed containers.
  • Don’t leave your garage door open.
  • And have a professional spray your exterior walls. This will keep the bugs from exploring your defenses.

With a little preparation, you’ll keep those fall invaders from making a mess of your home. The pest are coming, but they don’t have to choose your home.