Home is where the heart is. While this statement rings true, you could also say that home is where you should feel most comfortable. Finding insects, animals, and other critters in your home can leave you feeling just the opposite of comfortable. While you might not have any issues seeing bugs in their natural habitat, finding them in your place of dwelling is not ideal.
Finding out what type of insects live in your area, how to get rid of them, and what resources you have is vital. Specifically when dealing with beetles, the sooner you act, the better. This means calling your local pest control company to come and spray early so that you can be PREVENTATIVE with pest management instead of calling pest control AFTER an invasion. That’s why Environmental Pest Managementis here – Let’s solve this problem!
Beetles: Know What You’re Dealing With
When it comes to insects, knowing what you are dealing with will dictate the type of methods you use to get rid of them. In Minnesota, there are a couple of different beetles that cause havoc and chaos amongst homeowners: the Asian Lady Beetle, the Japanese Beetle, the Conifer Beetle, and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.
The Asian Lady Beetle
The Asian Lady Beetle looks like a typical ladybug, but can become a nuisance to homeowners, especially in the winter. As autumn approaches, the Asian Lady Beetles leave their usual feeding sites and head toward shelter for the winter; typical shelters include cracks around windows and door frames, attics, soffits, and wall voids.
Most people do not think of ladybugs as a nuisance; however, the Asian Lady Beetle has a couple of key features that make them unpleasant for homeowners. First off, they secrete a neon yellow acid that will stain whatever it comes in contact with. Secondly, as a defense mechanism, they emit an irritatingly strong and unpleasant smell.
Having just one or two Asian Lady Beetles in your home is no cause for alarm; however, if you notice a couple, start taking a look around your house as there can quickly be an infestation of hundred in a crevice or cavity in your home.
The Japanese Beetle
If you are an avid gardener or are growing your crops, then you might be very wary of the Japanese Beetle. With a voracious appetite, the Japanese beetle is known as a nuisance because it can destroy a large number of plants in a short amount of time. From roses to raspberries, this beetle will take advantage of all your garden has to offer.
You can tell if you have an infestation of Japanese beetles because they have metallic green-blue heads, copper backs, and tan wings. They usually feed in small groups, so chances are if you see one, you will find more buzzing around.
They eat all kinds of plants and flowers and are especially known for their love of roses. While you will not find these beetles within your home as often as you might other insects, they can become a hassle to deal with if you have decorative plants everywhere and grow your own vegetables.
The Conifer Beetle
Conifer bugs, just like the Asian Lady Beetle, try to find refuge in your home for the winter. With temperatures plummeting in Minnesota, these beetles will infest your home in great numbers. Many times they are confused with the stink bug or the cockroach due to their similarity in appearance. The good news is that they do not bite or cause bodily harm; the bad news is that if you find a couple flying throughout your home, you most likely have them hanging out somewhere in large numbers.
Also, like the Asian Lady Beetle, they get into your home through tiny cracks in your home. Those who observe the Conifer Beetle state that noise they make as they fly resembles that of a bumblebee. They are commonly found in the house in late fall as the temperatures begin to plummet and become active again in the springtime.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
These pesky insects are not only unpleasant to look at, but they also pack quite the punch to your senses. They don’t call them stink bugs for nothing! And, if you find them in your home, you might want to brace yourself for unpleasant odors.
While they do not bite, they can produce allergic reactions in individuals who are sensitive to insect odor. Additionally, if this bug is crushed or smashed on exposed skin, it can produce dermatitis in the area of contact. Though research shows that this only happens to a very small portion of the populations, it is always great to be precautionary.
Keep Beetles Out of Your House: Precautionary Measures
There are many things you can do to prevent insects and other creatures from coming into your home. If you are living in Minnesota, then you will become familiar with the fact that the fall is when these insects begin to find homes for the winter. You can personally take a couple of measures to secure your home.
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For many of these insects, they are found on window and door frames in swarms. Because this is likely a very crucial point of entry, making sure that you replace any loose window screens, windows, and doors is a good place to start. Also, using caulk to fill in any cracks or gaps around your windows, doors, walls, etc. should make it harder for insects to enter and congregate in your home.
While these are some easy steps to take, walking your home from the exterior and figuring out what areas to look out for can be time-consuming and tricky. Calling a professional,Environmental Pest Management, will give you peace of mind as they know exactly what to look for when inspecting your home and will know what is the most efficient and effective methods out there.
Beetles Be Gone: Spray Your Home
Spraying the exterior is important for preventing beetle infestations in your home. Sometimes using over the counter items is not efficient nor effective so your best bet would be to call a pest control company.
Pest control companies are certified to handle specific insecticides and chemicals. It is best to call a professional in the latter part of summer to come to spray as that is when certain beetles will begin to seek refuge for the winter. If you spray too early, the chemicals can lose their effectiveness when you need it the most, but if you spray too late, you might already have the insects in your home.
If you do notice you have beetle populations swarming in your home, one of the best methods to catch them would be to vacuum them up! This is an especially effective method when you are dealing with insects like the Asian Lady Beetle that can stain surfaces with the acid they secret in defense.
If you wish to release the beetles outside after vacuuming them, you can place a handkerchief between the dust collection bag and the hose to act as a trap.
Got a Beetle Infestation? Call a Professional Today
Environmental Pest Management is here for any insect or animal management questions you may have. With over 30 years of experience, Environmental Pest Management is reliable, efficient, and very knowledgeable in dealing with any pests that are plaguing your family. We service East Central Minnesota, including the greater ten county metro area of the Twin Cities. Summer is ending, and the beetles will be invading soon, make sure you have a professional come to check out your home, spray the exterior, and give you peace of mind knowing that your home will be safe from all the creepy crawlies. Call us today at (952) 432-2221, and we will be more than glad to help!