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How To Control Boxelder Bugs
When the cold winter temperatures arrive, there are various pests which look towards your home for warmth and shelter and bring about an annoying infestation. One such bug is the Boxelder bug. Although boxelder bugs don’t cause any harm to property or people, these little black and red bugs can be a nuisance since they tend to gather in large numbers crawling around cracks and crevices. Fortunately these bugs can be fairly easy to get rid of by implementing preventative exclusion measures in and around your home and using an effective insecticide. If you’re suffering from an infestation of boxelder bugs, you’ve come to the right place as Solutions Pest and Lawn has the boxelder control products for you and helpful advice on how to use them.
Boxelder Bug Background Information
Boxelder bugs (Boisea trivittata), sometimes called maple bugs, are medium sized insects about 1/2" long and are dark gray or black with red markings on their back, making them easily recognizable. Sometimes those markings can look more orange than red. This species is native to the western states, but can be found in areas in eastern Canada and also throughout the eastern United States. Boxelder bugs get their name from the fact that they are often found on and around boxelder trees.
Boxelder bugs are most active in the spring and fall seasons. They are an overwintering pest, which means when temperatures drop, they begin swarming in large numbers. A group of boxelder bugs will readily infest the same area from year to year once a successful winter shelter has been found. Some will even will look towards homes and migrate to the undersides of siding and roofing and ultimately, make their inside.
Boxelder bugs like to reside in gardens where they feed primarily on leaves, seedpods and blooms of female boxelder trees. They also enjoy trees like ash and maple. The damage usually isn’t significant, but large numbers of pests can cause foliage to take on a distorted appearance. Indoors, boxelder bugs are harmless but they can be annoying in large numbers by leaving quite a mess from the droppings they leave behind.
Tips on Boxelder Bug Control
Prevent boxelder bugs from entering your home by sealing up holes and cracks in your home. In the fall, box elder bugs are congregating to find a place to overwinter. If they are collecting on the southern wall of your home, they are going to try to get inside. Seal up your house using caulk, cement, wire mesh, netting, or whatever else you might have handy. Make sure to do it before the end of summer before the bugs crawl inside. While this isn’t totally fool-proof way to keep them from your home since you may not be able to seal up every possible crack or opening in your home, it will limit entry points for box elder bugs and other insects.
Use a vacuum to suck out boxelder bugs. Smashing boxelder bugs can emit a stinky odor so vacuuming them is a good alternative to getting rid Their odor also can attract other boxelder bugs to gather so you will want to dispose of your vacuum bag soon after sucking them up.
Solutions Recommended Products For Boxelder Bug Control
Sometimes vacuuming and sealing up your home isn't enough to keep boxelder bugs out. When this happens, it’s time to resort to chemical means of elimination. This is especially the case if you’ve seen them congregating on a nearby tree or active on the side of your house.
Use Permethrin SFR 36.8% and Cy-Kick Aerosol Insecticide for a quick contact kill. These products also have a long-lasting residual and will be able to spread over the bugs which enhances the overall result. Make sure to aside from spraying low cracks and crevices to spray high up your home, preferably around the roof line, and then around windows, doors, shutters, etc. Boxelder bugs love light fixtures and will find any crack or crevice so make sure that you have sprayed everywhere to get them all.
Outdoors any plant or inanimate object you see them accumulating on should be sprayed too. This will reduce the active bugs in the yard wanting to nest in and around your home. By reducing these numbers you are reducing the amount that could find their way inside.
There are a variety of insecticides that we carry that can control boxelder bugs so please browse below. For more information or if you have any questions about an order or would like helpful DIY advice, feel free to call us at our number (800) 479-6583 and one of our experienced representatives will be happy to assist you.