Eco-friendly Tips to Protect Homes from Pesky Bugs

Cool weather signals homeowners to finalize outdoor chores and cozy up for the long winter ahead. It also signals pesky insects to head indoors seeking food sources and warm, safe places to hibernate. What can the smart homeowner do?

Experts say the record-breaking summer heat has created a bumper crop of bugs. Ohio State University entomologist David Denlinger predicts, “If the warmth stays into the fall, insects will continue to do well until frost comes.”

Home Invaders

Unwelcome invasive pests like silverfish, spiders, earwigs, flies and ants are typical party crashers once temperatures fall.  In the late ’90s a new pest appeared on the scene: the brown marmorated stink bug. First spotted in Pennsylvania, stink bugs are now in 38 states, destroying gardens and landscapes and overwintering in homes.

“In September and October when plants are harvested and food sources dry up, stink bugs switch gears and seek shelter indoors,” says Dr. Qing-He Zhang, lead scientist and director of research at Sterling International, makers of eco-friendly RESCUE! insect traps. “It’s important to break the lifecycle now so they don’t survive over the winter months and attack your garden and landscape in spring.”

To protect your home from unwanted pests, industry experts share these simple eco-friendly tips to keep pesky insects at bay….read more

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