Boxelder Bug and Stink Bug Infestations in the Fall

Learn about boxelder bugs and stink bugs in Everett WA in the fall - Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt PestEvery year during the fall, residents in Washington deal with an influx of pests that are looking to escape the cooling temperatures. Boxelder bugs and stink bugs are two types of insects that regularly invade homes when summer comes to a close. To prevent an infestation inside your property, it’s crucial to understand the behavior of these pests and learn how to prevent them from making their way indoors. Read on to learn some of Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest’s top tips for keeping boxelder bugs and stink bugs away from your home this fall.

Stink Bug or Boxelder Bug?

A lot of people confuse these two insects, which are actually quite different in both appearance and behavior.

  1. Stink Bugs
    • As their name suggests, stink bugs release a foul odor when they are stepped on, crushed, or threatened.
    • They have a triangular-shaped plate on their backs and are gray-brown in color.
    • They aren’t aggressive, dangerous, and will not attack people.
    • After they are inside, they often hide behind walls, crawl spaces, and more.
  2. Boxelder Bugs
    • These bugs are commonly found in boxelder and ash trees.
    • They possess characteristic red markings on their black bodies.
    • While they aren’t aggressive, they have been known to bite if threatened.
    • In the fall, they congregate on the sides of walls or wherever the sun hits.

How to Keep Boxelder Bugs and Stink Bugs Out

Your best bet at avoiding a boxelder bug or stink bug infestation in the fall is to protect your home. There are several ways you can keep these fall invaders outside:

  • Get rid of the typical hiding spots for these bugs, which includes decorative rocks and piles of wood.
  • Remove excess debris inside and outside your home.
  • Inspect your property and seal any cracks or crevices you come across.
  • Eliminate moisture issues by fixing leaky pipes and faucets.
  • Keep a tidy home by cleaning up messes and sealing food properly.

Controlling Fall Pests in Your Home

Boxelder bugs and stink bugs can be elusive, meaning they may still find their way inside your property unnoticed. If you notice any of these bugs inside your property, it’s best to call a professional. The team at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest has what it takes to remove these bugs and keep them away—for good.

Are Yellow Jackets More Aggressive in the Fall?

Learn why yellow jackets are more aggressive in the fall in Snohomish County WA - Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt PestBees and wasps play an important role in our ecosystem and are a normal part of daily life. So how do you know when they’re dangerous? Yellow jackets are known to get more aggressive in the fall as their resources begin to diminish, which is why they’re frequently seen around outdoor barbecues and picnics seeking food. Even worse, they will sting more than once and without provocation, which is why it’s important to know how to protect your home and family from these stinging insects in the fall.

What Makes Yellow Jackets so Aggressive?

While yellow jackets and wasps are known to be somewhat hostile all the time, but they become especially more so in the late summer and fall. During the spring and summer when flowers are abundant, they have plenty of food sources. However, their populations grow throughout the summer, which forces some of the stinging insects out of their overpopulated nests and into residential areas. Some of the things yellow jackets will be attracted to outside your property include:

  • Uncovered food or trash cans containing food
  • Sources of standing water, such as fountains, swimming pools or hummingbird feeders
  • Lawn insects such as grubs, which are fed on by stinging insects
  • Eaves or holes that allow them to build new nests.

How to Prevent Wasps in the Fall

The best way to protect you and your family from yellow jackets is to know how to keep them away. Some of the ways you can lessen the risks of yellow jackets invading your outdoor events this fall include:

  • Keep all food and trash covered with tight-fitting lids
  • Don’t wear bright colors or fragrant perfumes
  • Seal all holes and crevices around the home
  • Get rid of sources of standing water, and place a cover over your swimming pool.

Professional Help to Prevent Wasps

When it comes to dealing with yellow jackets, it’s important to always take caution. Especially when nests are involved, it’s best to get professional help. Yellow jackets are especially aggressive in the fall, and will sting more than once even if they aren’t threatened. The experts at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest know what it takes to protect your Everett WA home from yellow jackets all season long.

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