Boxelder bugs are familiar insects to most people. During the summer, they’re hard to notice, but during the fall they move into homes as they search a warm place to spend their winter. Indoors, they present a real problem. They can stain household items with their excrement and because of their large numbers, they can simply be a nuisance. Once they invade your home, the first bunch of nymphs arrives only 10 to 20 days later. This is why it’s important to prevent them from entering in the first place.
Boxelder bugs are named for their primary host, the boxelder tree. They can also do damage to agricultural crops and other trees like maple and ash. These pests are common throughout the United States. Adults are about half an inch long. They are black with red lines on their backs. These pests feed by sucking juices from boxelder tree, but you can see them on other plants as well. They develop by gradual metamorphosis, from egg to nymph, then to adult.
How to prevent boxelder bugs.
Boxelder bugs seek shelter in protected places and they enter the home through cracks or crevices in walls, doorways, and around window frames. They like the warmer sides of homes, so that’s the first place to look for them. They enter houses in large colonies and search for habitat in warm basements and walls. When these pests are disturbed or crushed, they give off a pungent odor. The most important defense is preventing them. It’s best to do a proper pest inspection and seal all entry points that you gain knowledge of. Also, remove wood piles and debris from your yard and make sure to repair damaged window and door screens.
How to get rid of boxelder bugs.
There are a lot of natural remedies you can look into online, but the truth is that you can’t kill an entire colony of these pests with just soap and water or other alternative methods. Some people attempt to use various glue traps to get rid of boxelder bugs. Neither solution would be permanent since it won’t eliminate the entire colony. This only works if an infestation is very small. When it comes to insecticides, it’s not recommended to use them on your own because they can be dangerous when used indoors. When there is a large infestation, the only way to get rid of them efficiently and permanently is to call a trained pest control professional to handle the situation.
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