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What Is The Boxelder Bug?
There are many encounters will many insects that one will not forget. A run-in with a snake is something you’ll remember. An occurrence with a lizard is something that will sear into your mind. Well, believe it or not, an encounter with a boxelder bug is not something you’ll forget any time soon. And, this is because they are so distinctively designed. They have a weird body design with flat black wings and red outlying marks. It is the red markings that make the creature so unforgettable. They can grow to be about ½ inch in length and get their namesake from the fact that they feed on the seeds of box elder trees. They also commonly feed on maple, ash, and cherry trees.
Why Do I Have Box Elder Bugs?
Boxelder bugs fall into the overwinter classification, meaning they virtually hibernate. They usually enter the home via cracks and crevices during the end of summer, looking for a safe and warm place to bypass the upcoming snow and frost conditions. They will be a nuisance with the weather turns.
Are Box Elder Bugs Dangerous?
Boxelder bugs are considered nothing more than a nuisance, and this is because they don’t pose a physical threat. They don’t pose a threat, they don’t reproduce in the home, and they won’t gnaw into your wood products. They don’t transmit diseases or pathogens either, but this doesn’t mean the critters aren’t nasty. You have to think about the fact that wherever they go they are urinating and defecating on everything.
How Do I Eliminate Box Elder Bugs?
Although these guys are not physically a threat, this doesn’t mean you’ll want to let them linger in the home. While these guys aren’t a physical threat, they can mentally harm some individuals. Some people become so frightened of the critters that they find themselves unable to sleep in the same home with the bugs. Regardless, box elder infestation is a job best left for the professionals. However, if this is an undertaking you want to venture into, there are some things you can do. You’ll first want to start by eliminating entrance into the home. Seal all cracks and crevices with caulk or sealants.
Can I Eliminate Box Elders Myself?
Because of the complexities and cost of pest management, most people opt to undertake the task themselves. This is something that we understand. Times are tough and when dealing with an infestation, you want to do it as quickly as possible With that said, we cannot recommend undertaking such a task yourself. This is because you don’t have the right tools and resources available to you. There are tons of DIY pesticides and treatments available, but the real truth of the matter is, these products aren’t as effective.
They simply don’t contain all the ingredients that commercial-grade pesticides contain. These ingredients are illegal unless you are EPA-certified. Anyone handling, dealing, or distributing these chemicals is doing so illegally. This is something you’ll want to highly regard when choosing a pest management pro.
Are Your Treatments Safe?
Most of the time, we end up having to utilize pesticides to kill box elder bugs. There is nothing wrong with this, but these treatments and solutions are unsafe. This is even more so true when in the wrong hands. Regardless, this is why we take the utmost care when administering these treatments. We only used certified techs with previous experience to administer these solutions. We do also offer eco-friendly solutions for those interested. These treatments aren’t always as effective and not viable in every situation, but we try to take advantage whenever we can.
All you have to do is pick up the phone, give us a call, and we’ll get someone out to assess the property. He or she will evaluate the property and the infestation to determine if your property is applicable or not. There is only one way to know if you qualify and that is by calling.
Can I Prevent Box Elder Bugs?
While it is entirely impossible to eliminate your chances of a box elder infestation, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. A little way can go a long way and it will. This is something we are more than happy to help with. All you have to do is give us a call. After eliminating the critter from your property, we’ll sit down with you and develop a point-by-point plan for helping you keep your property pest-free. That said, there are things you can do on your own to get the ball rolling. You’ll first want to start with sealing all cracks and crevices on the outside of the property.