BREDA Bug Bites December 2021

BREDA “Bug Bites” — How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Home This Winter

December 15, 2021

Check your firewood for possible pests trying to make their way inside your home

Ah, fall is here and winter is right around the corner. That means a break from bugs, right? Wrong! Learn about bugs and critters that are still very much active in the cooler months and how you can defend your home and yard against them. (As always, if things get too hairy, the BREDA Pest Management team is always just a phone call away, ready to help.)

stack of firewood

Did you know that your firewood might be letting bugs into your home?

Roaches, spiders (mainly black widow and brown recluse spiders), and mice love to get into stored firewood. Why? Because firewood is typically tarped to help keep it dry. That tarp acts as a roof for bugs and critters, so making sure to stack your firewood off the ground is key. Before you store the firewood, though, treat the ground it will be sitting on with granules and a liquid barrier. If you do find pests on your firewood, remember: NEVER spray pesticides on the firewood.

Did you know there are ladybugs and lady beetles?

Lady beetles—Asian lady beetles, to be specific—are subspecies of ladybugs. The lady beetles were brought to the U.S. to combat a rising population of aphids, which just so happen to be the favorite snack of lady beetles. So lady beetles are the good guys, right? Why do Georgia homeowners need to be able to tell the difference between them?

The issue with lady beetles is that they will overwinter in our homes by the thousands, while ladybugs will not. Before you worry about harming a ladybug inside your house and having seven years of bad luck, don't worry; we've got your back. Here's how to tell the difference between the two: the lady beetle has a white M shape on the back of its pronotum. (You learned a new bug geeky word!) Basically, the back of the head has a shell to protect it and this is where you will see a white marking that resembles an "M."




If you find yourself needing pest control and want it handled thoroughly, don't hesitate to give us a call. The BREDA Guarantee promises to fix your pest problem and keep it fixed—no matter the circumstances. Schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 770-466-6700.