Fall weather is here and boxelder bugs might be too. While it’s easy to love sweater weather and changing of the leaves, pests like boxelder bugs can be a nuisance.
Boxelder bug eggs are yellow and then begin to turn red as the embryo develops. Nymphs are a bright red color in the body and the legs and antennae are black. Adult boxelder bugs are known for their black or brown color and red markings on their back. They have a seemingly flattened back and are approximately 13 mm long.
Boxelder bugs feed on boxelder, maple, ash and fruit trees during the warm summer months. Large numbers of adult boxelder bugs are found on female boxelder trees feeding on seed pods. Homeowners do not have to have a boxelder tree to notice a swarm of adult boxelder bugs in their home. Boxelder bugs are mobile insects who will fly tend to swarm near houses when weather starts to cool down.
Boxelder bugs are usually found on garage doors or the side of the house, trying to find warmth from the sun in chilly fall weather. The DIY way to remove boxelder bugs from the exterior of your house is to use your hose in attempt to drown the insects. However, while it might remove them from your garage or house, it will only kill a few of them. The best way to get rid of boxelder bugs is call a professional to prep your house ahead of time before the boxelder bugs make their way to your home.
If boxelder bugs are found in your home, the best option is to remove them with a vacuum or broom. If you discover these pests in your home during the autumn season, check near entrances of your home for any boxelder bugs congregating in sunny or warm areas of your home. Large amounts of boxelder bugs could require a professional to remove boxelder bugs.
It’s not too late to start prevention of boxelder bugs for this year. Don’t hesitate to call Miller Pest Control to remove boxelder bugs this fall.