Get Boxelder Bugs Out of Your House Fast
There are few pests quite as annoying as boxelder bugs. While these creatures aren’t truly harmful, they aren’t exactly what you want to come home to day after day either. Getting them out of your house is a must, and these tips can help.
Know Your Enemy
Before you can do anything else, you may want to make certain that you’re actually dealing with boxelder bugs. These little guys are about a half-inch in length. They’re primarily black, but you may also see orange and red markings on their bodies, mostly right behind their heads. They do have wings, but when they’re not using them to fly around your home, they form an X over their backs. They usually start coming out as soon as spring hits, and by the middle of the summer, they’ll lay their eggs in boxelder trees. They live across the nation, so no matter where you’re at, you’re likely to find them there too.
Some homes are simply more attractive to boxelder bugs that others. The amount of sun your home gets can actually make it more attractive to these little guys. Boxelder bugs like warm areas, and if there’s a large southern exposure on your home, they’re going to latch onto it. As it gets cold, they want to come inside just like any other pest might.
Dealing With the Problem
If they’re already on or in your house, there are a few things you can do to get them off. Outside, you can hose the problem area down with dish soap and water. You won’t see an immediate difference, but you will over time. Inside, you can vacuum them up, then empty your vacuum bag outside. Keep in mind that neither of these are permanent solutions, but they will help you until you can contact a professional pest control company to get rid of them for good.
Preventing the Problem
If you’d like to keep those boxelder bugs out this year, there are actually several things you can do. First, make sure you take care of any damaged windows or screens around your home. They can come in through fairly tiny damaged spots, so take care of any damage right away. Be sure you seal spaces where cables or pipes come into your home, too. You’ll want to use caulk or expanding spray foam for best results. Finally, be sure you put door sweeps and thresholds on every entry door you have. If you contact a professional pest control company, they can help you find the right solution to the problem.
Boxelder bugs certainly aren’t dangerous, but they are a nuisance. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you deal with them.