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What is a Boxelder Bug?

What is a Boxelder Bug?

The boxelder bug is probably the biggest nuisance you’ve never heard of. They can become a big problem for you if they infest your home or business. Here’s what you need to know about the boxelder bug so you can keep them out of your space.

Get to Know the Boxelder Bug

A boxelder bug, when fully grown, is brownish-black in color and about 12 mm long. They’re flat on the top with orange wings, black legs and antennae, and three strips down their middle. Their eggs are yellow and then turn red as the embryo develops inside of it. The babies don’t have wings, and their bellies are bright red.

In the fall these bugs tend to congregate on rocks, buildings, and trees with plenty of sun exposure. This is when you’re most likely to notice them on your property or on your home. They can easily enter your home through cracks in the walls and will do this as the weather turns cooler in order to find shelter in order to get through the winter.

Once they’ve survived the winter, they then go back outside to the trees they prefer, boxelder trees. There they reproduce and the cycle of life for the boxelder bug starts all over again.

What’s the Problem?

Bugs are a part of the world, but boxelder bugs can new damage to trees and flowers on your property when they feed, and also descend upon your house in the winter in very large numbers. They don’t do structural damage to your home but their sheer numbers are overwhelming, annoying and let’s face it – a little gross.

What You Can Do

In order to protect your trees and flowers, you will need to have a professional apply insecticide. If you don’t want to do that then you will have to remove the trees close to your home that they are using as a home base for reproduction.

To keep them out of your home, you will need to make sure all cracks and openings are closed. They can enter your home through cracks in windows, pipes, chimneys, wood siding or any other opening. Use a high-quality silicone caulk to seal up these areas in preparation for cooler temperatures. You may also want to contact a professional to apply an insecticide to the outside of your home.

If you already have boxelder bugs in your home, then you shouldn’t use an insecticide to get rid of them. It’s not because the insecticide won’t work, but because killing all of the boxelder bugs will only attract other bugs to feed off of them, bugs that will then find their way to other parts of your home to wreak havoc. The best thing you can do is make sure your home is sealed up tight to keep more bugs from gaining access and then killing the boxelder bugs and removing them once dead.

If you suspect you have a boxelder bug infestation, contact the experts at Green Army today to help you take care of it!


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