Leaves and Lady Bugs

This time of year in Alabama is especially beautiful with the trees dressed in their best fall colors.  Once the trees decide to let go of their fall finery though and the leaves start piling up on the ground it’s important for homeowners to brave the elements and grab a rake. 

 

As the leaves collect near the house and in the yard they provide the perfect blanket for pests to overwinter.  Any number of insects including lady bugs, roaches, ants and earwigs, as well as mice, will take advantage of the insulation properties of the leaves.

 

In addition to causing an occasional invasion during the winter, leaf clutter can also lead to a major insect infestation in the Spring as temperatures warm up.  To help avoid unwanted visitors of the many legged variety, rake and remove fallen leaves from the yard often and remember to check the roof and gutters as well.