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Fall Pests Are Coming - Are You Ready?

Every year, like clockwork, a category of pest tries to get into homes in Knoxville and throughout Eastern Tennessee.  Some call them overwintering pests. Some call them fall pests. Some just call them frustrating. Perhaps you've seen some of these bugs. Do you have a yearly invasion of kudzu bugs, ladybugs, or stink bugs? It wouldn't be surprising. These three are the fall pests we see the most.

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This is an insect that needs no introduction. Not only are ladybugs visually distinct, they are plentiful. When they appear in gardens and in crop fields, they are mostly a benefit, feeding on aphids and other crop-destroying organisms. But, when they get into homes, they quickly take on a pest status. They congregate on screens and exterior walls, and leave a viscous, foul-smelling yellow fluid that can cause items to become stained.

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Kudzu Bugs

This is a new pest threat in the United States. Experts believe they came by plane from Asia to Atlanta, GA, appearing in 2009 on the sunny side of northeastern Georgia homes. But, these tiny brown bugs were not content to stay in Georgia. They quickly started spreading to the north and the west, and have found their way to Tennessee. Some consider these to be beneficial insects as they may help to control the spread of a kudzu root, which is an invasive plant in the United States. But, if they begin to target soybean plants, they could quickly turn into another frustrating crop pest. At the moment, kudzu bugs have securely established themselves as frustrating household pests, and it is likely that they will fit right in with all of the other common fall pests on this list.

a stink bug on wood outside of a knoxville home

Stink Bugs

These shield-shaped tan bugs have made quite an impression since their introduction to the United States at the end of the 1990s. Stink bugs are a frustration for crop growers and homeowners alike. They are unsightly when they congregate on exterior walls during the fall, and frustrating when they get inside. As their name implies, these insects have an unpleasant odor.


Why Do Fall Pests Come Inside?

If you have any of these bugs invading your home, it is important to understand why they are coming in. Unlike other common household pests that enter homes all year long, fall pests don't enter homes to find food--at least not specifically. They come inside to escape the coming cold of winter. That means you can't cause them to leave by keeping your food in sealed containers, or by keeping your home clean. The only way to exclude these pests is to create a barrier.

Keep Fall Pests Out

Before the fall invasion begins, consider investing in a home pest control program that establishes a barrier of protection around your home.  Not only will it keep out fall pests like those ladybugs and stink bugs, but a whole host of other bugs that are able to find food sources in your home and take up permanent residence. Russell’s Power programs, are ideal for homeowners in Eastern Tennessee and include:

  • Routine inspections by a trained and certified pest professional.

  • Targeted treatments that will address vulnerable locations that bugs exploit.

  • Year-round protection against common household pests, such as roaches, spiders, ants, and mice.

Our home pest control programs also come with our Pest Free Guarantee. If pests return between visits, so do we! And it doesn't cost you a penny.


Learn More About Our Home Pest Control Solutions

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Starting at only $29* per month, you receive year-round protection from over 30 common pests. This home pest control program consists of an initial inspection and treatment, four services per year, and Russell’s Pest Free Guarantee- if pests return, so do we!

Pests Covered Under This Program:
Ants, Spiders, Cockroaches, Mice, Stink Bugs, Box Elder Bugs, Rats, Silverfish, Scorpions, Earwigs, Fleas, Crickets, Carpet Beetles, Clover Mites, Ground Beetles, Ladybugs, Centipedes, Millipedes, Yellow Jackets & Wasps, Hornets, Fungus Gnats, Cigarette Beetles, Drugstore Beetles, Indian Meal Moths, Kudzu Bugs, and Springtails. 


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  • 30+ Common Pests

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