When you think of summertime pests, flies, mosquitoes and ticks probably come to mind. While these insects are notorious for making life uncomfortable, they aren’t the only problem pests you may have to deal with. Boxelder bugs, which are native to the Western US, are also prevalent during this time of year.
What are Boxelder Bugs?
These bugs get their name because they like to live in and around boxelder trees. They are black and have markings orange or reddish in color on their back. They are oval in shape and have six legs. They are just about a half-inch in length and have antennae.
Boxelder bugs become a nuisance when they enter a home to seek shelter over the winter. They re-emerge in the spring to head back outside. You don’t want to kill them inside the home because it will attract other bugs for their bodies. Instead, you want to prevent them from returning to your home during the summer while they are outside.
You should reduce the opportunities these bugs have to get inside the house by sealing it up tight. Repair any holes you find in screens and use caulk to seal up cracks along the exterior. If you need to remove them while they are in the house, you can vacuum and take the bag outside to keep them from getting away.
Seal around heating ducts, return air vents, and outlets where these tiny creatures can get inside the house. If you notice an infestation, you can call All Natural Pest Elimination to take care of the problem.
Problems with Boxelder Bugs
Boxelder bugs are not known to don’t bite, but they can cause irritation to the skin by sucking on it. You may notice a red spot that looks like a mosquito bite. Their feces can also create a red stain on furniture, curtains and other places. They also produce a strongly unpleasant odor if they are crushed.
While these pests generally feed on boxelder trees, they also like fruit trees. If you have an orchard or even just a few fruit trees on your property, you will want to get rid of the bugs before they harm the plants.
If you have problems with these bugs, you can get professional help. All Natural Pest Elimination provides a free inspection of your property for these and other pests to protect you, your family and your home. Give us a call today at 877-662-8449.