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Offering the highest quality of overwintering pest control services in the Lower Hudson Valley – Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Rockland Counties in NY & Fairfield County CT.  Are you in need of premier services at fair rates? If so, Garrie Pest Control offers outstanding value in services that can help you get rid of these pests that seek shelter in your home when the temperature drops.

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Westchester’s Best Choice for All Types of Overwintering Pest Control

At Garrie Pest Control, we only do things one way – the right way! We invest in the best equipment, the best training, and the best technicians to ensure our services meet and exceed state regulations. Garrie’s goal is to exceed expectations with superior service that is delivered safely and promptly at competitive rates.

What Are Overwintering Pests?

Overwintering pests are attracted to warmth and light and seek the shelter of homes as temperatures drop. The most common pests known for overwintering are ladybugs, stink bugs, boxelder bugs, western conifer seed bugs, and cluster flies. Mice and rats will also seek shelter and food in homes as the outdoor temperatures drop.

What are spots in houses that attract these pests?

Overwintering pests seek shelter from the cold in people’s homes. Once they get in, they tend to gravitate to secluded areas where they often go unnoticed. Some common spots where pests may be overwintering in your home include:

  • Attic
  • Basement or crawl space
  • Storage areas
  • Wall voids
  • Behind appliances
  • Behind furniture and wall hangings
  • And more…

Treat The Exterior Of Your Home To Prevent Overwintering Pests From Entering

In late summer and early fall, homeowners should treat the exterior of their home with a pesticide to prevent these pests from gaining entrance into homes. You want to have the barrier in place before the temperatures drop. Once temperatures drop, overwintering pests will seek shelter in your home.

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 Nine ways homeowners can prepare your home for winter while preventing overwintering pests from entering your home:

  1. Assess the perimeter of your home for holes and cracks and fill them in with caulk.
  2. Replace worn weatherstripping and door sweeps
  3. Replace torn screens
  4. Discard stacks of paper or newspapers and cardboard boxes
  5. Seal food items tightly – using plastic or glass containers that seal is recommended
  6. Store firewood outside and away from the perimeter of your home
  7. Trim shrubs and bushes and clean debris that may be around or behind them
  8. Rub screens and doors with dryer sheets? Do you recommend this?
  9. Install critter caps to help prevent insects from getting under siding – call us we can install them
  1. Hire a professional to apply pesticides to the exterior of your home, to create a barrier to keep these pests out!
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LADYBUGS

Description: Vivid in color ranging from red to brown, or tan with black spots. Rarely, but they can also be black in color with red spots. These beetles are round in shape and range from 1.5mm to 6mm in length.

Habits: They eat a variety of outdoor soft bodied insects and their eggs, making ladybugs a beneficial pest. Once indoors, and although they are harmless to both humans and properties, they can become a nuisance to home owners. They attracted to light making them typically seen in window sills or in light fixtures.

Treatment: Prevention of entry into buildings is the most beneficial way of controlling this species. Once inside, light traps can be used to reduce the infestation. Spraying of insecticides typically provides little to no control.

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STINK BUGS

Description: In their adult stages, they are brown to green in color with a shield shaped body. They range from 12mm to 19mm in length. They have wings making them able to fly from one location to another.

Habits: Preferring to feed off and cause harm to wild plants, they can also tend to feed off vegetables, soybeans, fruits and weeds. They do not pose any harm to humans, but become an annoyance to homeowners once indoors. They emit a bad aroma if crushed.

Treatment: Due to newly coming to the united States, management and control tactics are still in the developing stages. Currently, the best form of control for these bugs is to prevent them from entering the home. Pesticide applications applied to the exterior of the home to assist in prevention should be done in early fall prior to these bugs seeking shelter.

Fun Fact: These bugs were accidentally introduced into the United states in the late 1990s first in Pennsylvania.

BOXELDER BUG

Description: Commonly identified by their brown to black colored bodies with three red- orange stripes and veins on their backs. They are about 12.5mm in size.

Habits: They prefer to feed off of boxelder, maple and ash trees. They also feed off of young fruit of grapes, apples and plums. In the beginning of Autumn they begin to overwinter on structures, rocks and trees that have sunlight. Once indoors, their droppings can stain materials where they land. They have the ability to bite and emit a bad odor if squished.

TreatmentPreventative treatment prior to them invading the home is more important. Removal of female boxelder trees can help decrease the current population if tree removal is an option. Completing treatments and sealing potential entry points should be completed prior to August to decrease the possibility of infestations.

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WESTERN CONIFER SEED BUG

Description: Their bodies are dull brown in color with a faint white zigzag appearance. and thinner than a Stink bug. They range from 16mm to 20mm in length. When they spread their wings to fly, they show their bright orange to reddish back.

Habits: Adults feed on ripening seeds and specifically Douglas Fir seeds. until early fall arises. They do not pose a threat to humans, but are however an annoyance when they overwinter indoors of your home. Like stink bugs, these bugs also emit a pungent odor if they are crushed.

Treatment: The best form of control is preventing them from entering the home. Pesticide applications can applied to the exterior of the home to assist in prevention should be done in early fall prior to these bugs seeking shelter.

Cluster Flies

Description: Cluster flies are dark gray with golden yellow hairs on the thorax with light and dark gray areas on the abdomen. An adult cluster fly is 8 to 10 millimeters.  The wings of the adult cluster fly overlap when the fly rests. Cluster fly larvae (or maggots) have long, wedge-shaped bodies that are cream-colored.

Habits: Cluster flies become active whenever temperatures rise above 54°F. Once the temperature starts to drop below 54°F, they will seek shelter. Cluster flies will get into houses through cracks and crevices and stay from early in the fall to mid-spring. They especially like to congregate around windows with sunlight. These flies will also cluster together for warmth when the temperature dips below 50°F. A good rule of thumb is when the temperature is above 50°F, adult cluster flies are active and attracted to light. Below 50°F, the adults avoid sunlight and seek shelter in tight-fitting, hidden places.

Treatment: The best way to control cluster flies is to prevent them from getting into the house. Apply pesticide to the exterior of the home in late summer and early fall so that a barrier is in place when these pests seek to enter your home.

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Garrie Pest Control is dedicated to delivering the best overwintering pest control services in Westchester, Putnam, Orange County, Rockland County, NY and Fairfield County, CT. We utilize pest control methods that are highly effective and long-lasting. We will apply the most effective pesticides on the market to the exterior of your house to prevent overwintering pests from entering your home.

Our inspection includes locating potential entry points and attractive food sources. Once we gain a thorough understanding of your pest problems, our ant experts will move forward with effective treatment options to resolve your particular issue. We believe in providing value-based solutions that are family, pet and eco-friendly in nature at competitive rates…

Get in touch with us and we’ll solve your over wintering pest issues.  You can call us at 914-334-6299 or 833-521-9737 You won’t regret it!

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