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How To Control Wheel BugsWheel bug

The wheel bug is part of the assassin bug family and that isn’t a good thing. Wheel bugs are rather large and is actually one of the biggest bugs found in the United States ranging between 1 inch to 1.25 inches in length. The wheel bug is usually found in meadows or on trees and shrubs.

The most distinct feature of the wheel bug is also what gives the bug it’s name: the "cogwheel" on its back. The wheel bug is the only insect in the United States with such a structure, and no one's quite sure what its use is. The bug is beneficial to have in your garden since it is a predator and eats other irritating bugs like aphids, stink bugs, caterpillars and beetles. However it is when they slip inside a household or encounter humans is when they can be a problem because they deliver a painful sting. The pain from its bite (more accurately described as a piercing) is worse than a bee, wasp, or hornet sting, and numbness can last for days afterward.

Getting rid of wheel bugs should be a priority if you have found some in or around your home. Here are Solutions Pest and Lawn we can equip you with the right bug-killing products and expert know-how so you can get rid of those wheel bugs yourself!

How to Get Rid of Wheel Bugs: Solutions 3 Step Process

When it comes to preventing wheel bugs from entering your home and harming you or your family, we recommend a solution when involves exclusion and chemical treatments via insecticides. Whether you have a small outbreak of wheel bugs or are dealing with a sizable infestation in or around your home, we recommend a simple to execute 3-step solution:


Step 1:  Exclusion- The most important step in keeping these bugs out of your home requires sealing up the home against pests and securing your perimeter. Start with sealing any cracks or crevices to keep them from entering the home. Examine the perimeter of your home and clear up any leaves Clear the perimeter around your home of leaves or any sort of debris and make sure you don't have any gaps underneath your exterior doors.


Wheel bugs are also very attracted to light so do what you can to limit lights outside your home at night such as swapping out regular light bulbs for yellow bug safe light bulbs. You should also make sure to keep screens on your doors and windows.

Step 2:  Use Insecticide Treatments - To control wheel bugs on your yard, we recommend a combination of granule treatment with liquid insecticides. Lay out some Bifen LP Granules around the exterior of your home as well as your lawn and garden. Also spray an insecticide around the area such as Cyonara. Apply treatment once a month for two months and these products should eliminate them and keep them away from your property. Any one of our recommended broad-spectrum insecticides can also work as an exterior treatment around the perimeter of your home to act as a barrier to keep wheel bugs out.


Step 3:  If wheel bugs have made their way inside your home, spray them with an aerosol spray such as FiPro Foaming Aerosol. You can either use the spray to kill them directly or apply to cracks and crevices in rooms where you suspect they are residing in if you cannot find them.


It’s that simple! By following these steps, you and your family and pets will be protected from the threat of Wheel bugs.  Browse our recommended wheel bug control products below and if you have any questions or concerns about your order or you need advice on control from a live expert, feel free to reach out to us via email or phone.


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