Going Green: Overwintering Pests

Stink bugs, cluster flies, and anything else with six legs that can fit through the cracks in your home, will make themselves comfortable this fall.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 8:39 AM
Updated: Aug 22, 2018 8:43 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - If you're not a fan of creepy crawlies in the winter, experts say now is the time to keep them out of your home.

Stink bugs, cluster flies, and anything else with six legs that can fit through the cracks in your home, will make themselves comfortable this fall.

Mark "Shep" Sheperdigian says their goal is to make it through the winter - hence the name overwintering pests. 

"The best response to overwintering pests is to keep them out in the first place, and this is done by going around your home and looking for the kinds of openings and cracks that they would get in through and seal those up."

Shep says your windows, front doors, and all the hidden cracks surrounding them are the places to seal up.

"Usually on windows, they caulk the top ledge, but they don't caulk underneath. And around doors there's frequently an opening or a crack underneath the door that they can get in."

Shep revealed the hidden openings in FOX 55's Abby Jackson's apartment building and balcony and says you can use common household items like copper scrubbers and foam tubing to fill them and then call in the professionals.

"Once the overwintering pests are in, they're in, and there's nothing that can be positively done to get rid of them."

Shep says companies like rose pest solutions can stop the problem before it starts. and sealing up now is good for the environment and could save you money.

"The more you can seal up, the more you can reduce your reliance on pesticides, which is a very green thing to do." 

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