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Insects In My Home (05/03/18)

Homeowners are starting to notice insects that spent the winter in their attics or wall voids of homes.

Insects In My Home

                Homeowners are starting to notice insects that spent the winter in their attics or wall voids of homes. Some of these insects include the multi-colored Asian lady beetles, picture-winged flies, attic flies, boxelder bugs, stinkbugs and others. Homeowners often notice them congregating in windows or corners. Insects are attracted to the sunlight and heat of windows. Most of these insects are nuisance pests and they do not bite or sting. However, the multi-colored Asian lady beetles and stinkbugs can bite if disturbed, so avoid handling them with your fingers. Some insects also excrete fecal material leaving an unpleasant spots on curtains or walls. An easy way to get rid of these insects is to vacuum them into a wet-dry vacuum with a ½ inch of soapy water in the bottom. The soapy water will drown the insects. There are also different type of window traps that are commercially available: 1) Window Bug Catcher™ Trap – clear, no-mess adhesive™ sticky window traps that attaches to the bottom of windows (Alpha Scents, www.alphascents.com) or 2) window traps that attract and capture insects. Some of these traps have mixed reviews on how well they work. So, you’ll need to find the best trap for your purposes. To reduce the overall numbers on insects invading homes in the fall, remember to fix holes in window or attic screens, and chalk any cracks in the foundation of home to prevent insects from getting into the home.

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(Note: Mention of any products are giving as examples only and do not imply an endorsement nor discrimination against any products not mentioned by the author or university.)

Janet J. Knodel

Extension Entomologist

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