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Many people exhale with relief when the end of the summer season and the cooler temps arrive. They often believe that the never-ending struggle against pests is finally over, and they can go outside without being swarmed by wasps, flies, and ants. Our Memphis area pest control experts at AAA Termite and Pest Control don’t want to pop your bubble, but we do want you to know that the struggle against pests continues throughout winter because many pests are still active. Therefore, our pest control technicians share on the blog today four pests that will bug Memphis homeowners and what you can do about them this winter.
Asian Lady Beetles
Asian lady beetles, sometimes known as “Halloween beetles,” come in a variety of hues, including yellow, orange, and black. While some may not have any black patches, others may. The Asian Lady Beetle’s body resembles domes and has a recognizable “w” marking at the base of their heads. Although Asian lady beetles are not harmful to humans, they do attack homes in great numbers during the fall because of the warm, sunny exterior. Asian lady beetles may damage mature fruit, which makes them a threat to food farms.
Stink bugs, sometimes known as “shield bugs,” are almost as broad as they are long and can reach a length of 3/4 of an inch. They also have a characteristic triangular-shaped plate on their back and typically come in a dark or black hue with metallic patterns on or around their heads. Our Cordova pest control experts warn that when frightened or squeezed, stink bugs have tiny glands on their thorax that release a very, and we do mean extremely, unpleasant odor. Although stink bugs are not harmful to humans, letting them reside in your house can cause a lot of odors.
The idea that mosquitoes “go away” when summer ends and the cooler temps arrive is a widespread myth. Although we would all prefer for this to be the case, it isn’t. With their long, dangling legs and slender bodies, mosquitoes continue to be a serious threat far into autumn. Because the female mosquito bites and feeds on the blood of her victim, mosquitoes are still active throughout the fall and still bite humans and animals, leaving behind red, painful welts. Females can transmit dangerous illnesses, including the West Nile virus, encephalitis, and multiple others, to both people and animals through their feeding process.
Black in hue, boxelder bugs feature very noticeable red patterns around the margins of their wings. Boxelder trees are the source of most of the boxelder bugs’ food, but these sap-sucking insects are also content to feed on other seed-bearing trees and plants. Our pest control pros in Memphis explain that although Boxelder Bugs pose no threat to humans, having a big number of them invade your home may be very annoying. When boxelder bugs invade, their excrement can stain walls, upholstered furniture, and drapes as they pass over them.
Pest Control in Cordova and Memphis, Tennessee
Year-round pest treatment is the best defense against fall pests and, indeed, any pests. Year-round pest management offers the consistent, professional pest control treatments required to reduce pests inside your home. So, contact our Cordova pest control company, AAA Termite and Pest Control, at (901) 737-7378 or online to schedule your appointment today.