Now that fall is officially here, homeowners may experience some uninvited guests in their homes. This is the time of year when insects look for a warm place to stay over the winter so insect invasions are common. Steve Tonn, UNL Extension Educator in Washington County tells us now is the time to do a bit of work on your home to prevent them from getting inside.
Tonn says now is the time to seal cracks and crevices around the foundation, doors, windows and pipes. Some insects can fit through a 1/8th inch crack.
Pesticides re not recommended for any of these seasonal pests unless their presence is intolerable. If pesticides are needed, spraying a two-foot border around the house should do the trick.
Lady beetles, crickets, clover mites and box elder bugs are the most common unwanted pests.
Tonn says there is another pest you will not want in your home. Mice and other small rodents are also looking for warmth. He says follow the same steps used to keep bugs from entering the home. It is also a good idea to eliminate any types of food, including pet food that could draw them to your home. That includes the interior of an attached garage. He recommends using a foam sealant around cracks, pipes and foundation gaps.