AGAWAM, Mass. – As the temperatures get cooler, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination, a pest
management company servicing southern New England, is warning homeowners that stink bugs, cluster flies, ladybugs and spiders are likely to make an
appearance inside homes in the coming weeks, if they have not already.
“Adult stink bugs, cluster flies and ladybugs are known to take flight in search of overwintering sites in the fall and, much like humans, spiders seek shelter from cooler weather in warm environments,” said Jerry Lazarus, third-generation owner of Braman Termite and Pest Elimination. “During this time, they can slip into our living spaces through small openings around windows, foundations, soffits and eaves in order find harborage and survive the winter, so it’s important for homeowners to consider pest-proofing before an infestation develops.”
Although these pests don’t present a health threat to people, the fact that they look to our homes as a winter vacation spot makes them a major nuisance. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following prevention tips to minimize the chance of an invasion:
Spiders prefer to spin their webs in dark, undisturbed areas around the house, so homeowners should pay special attention to basements, garages and attics. The NPMA recommends keeping these areas particularly clean and free of clutter. Experts also suggest the following tips to avoid contact with spiders:
“Spiders are a beneficial part of the ecosystem, as they provide a natural form of pest control by catching insects in their webs, but that doesn’t mean
they have an open invitation to wander inside our homes,” said Lazarus.
For more information on stink bugs or spiders, visit BramanPest.com.