Boxelder Bugs 101

boxelder bug controlIn the world of pests like bed bugs, fleas, and cockroaches, boxelder bugs may not rank very high on the most hated pests to most households, but those that have maple, ash, or boxelder trees nearby may find unwelcome visitors in their homes during the fall.

Boxelder bugs are common throughout the United States and are named after their most common host, the boxelder tree. These small black and red insects swarm into boxelder and other types of trees, and suck the juices from them, destroying the trees in the process. They can also damage crops and other plants as well. When they get into homes, they become a nuisance due to their large numbers and the stain their excrement leaves. Within three weeks, the eggs they lay will hatch into nymphs, so it is essential to keep them out of your home.

How do you prevent boxelder bugs?
The boxelder bug will look for shelter in hidden and protected places. They often find their way into your home through cracks in walls, doorways, or gaps surrounding windows. They prefer warmth, so if your house has a warmer side, that is the first pace to check. They move in large colonies and love warm basements or spaces between walls. If they are disrupted or killed, they give off a powerful odor.

Your best defense against boxelder bugs is preventing them from getting into your house in the first place. If you want to find out how to get rid of boxelder bugs, get your home a professional pest inspection and make sure you seal off all the entry points into your home. It is also helpful to get rid of wood piles or debris from your yard that they could be hiding in, and to repair any window damage your home may have.

How to Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs
You can find many remedies online, especially natural ones, like soap and water. Some people choose to use glue traps as well to get rid of boxelder bugs. However, these solutions have limited effectiveness in getting rid of a whole colony and preventing the return of these pests in just a few weeks.

Insecticides work well in killing them, but they are dangerous and should not be used inside your house. If you have noticed a large number of boxelder bugs in your home, the best method to get rid of them is to contact your local professional pest control company to come to do an inspection and extermination for you. While they are there, they can help you inspect for and prevent other fall pests from entering your home as well.

The biggest mistake most people make trying to eradicate pests from their homes is trying to do it by themselves. Without adequate professional help, it always takes longer, and sometimes costs more, due to the repeated attempts. Why live in misery, suffering the smell of dead boxelder bugs and cleaning up the stains they leave after them? Contact your local pest control professionals today.

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