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What Is The Box Elder Bug?
Many insects aren’t as distinctive as the box elder bug. There is plenty that is more well-known, but it would be hard to get the box elder bug mixed up with a flea or cockroach. It would even be hard to get them mismatched with another type of bug in their classification than to their distinctive red markings. They are small, black insects with distinctive red markings located on their flat wings. An adult member of this family can range anywhere from 1/8 inch to ½ inch. If you know anything about box elder trees, you likely already figured that’s how these pests got their name. They feed on box elder trees as well as ash, maple, and cherry trees.
Why Are Box Elder Bugs In My Home?
Boxelder bugs are different than most common insects you’ll encounter in your area, and this is because they fall into the overwintering classification. There are other overwinter bugs, but the box elder bug is an insect in a class all of its own thanks to its distinctive black and red body. That being said, these bugs usually enter the home or property during the late summer months. They are seeking out a place to live out the winter. This is why they are commonly referred to as overwintering pests. They’ll be quite the nuisance when the weather starts to grow colder. They’ll take up residence in the walls as well as crack and crevices, seeking places to hide out from the cold weather.
Are Box Elder Bugs Dangerous?
Boxelder bugs are more than a nuisance, but that doesn’t mean you want them in your home. No one likely wants these critters in their home flying around, but do know, they do not pose any health risks. They don’t bite, they don’t transmit diseases, and they won’t likely even get into your food items.
How To Eliminate The Infestation
When box elder bugs have invaded the home they can be hard to remove. This is because it is a means of survival for them. They are there because they have to be, meaning they aren’t going to want to leave. Forcing them back outside could mean their death. They can survive in the harsh elements of the winter weather. This makes removing them from the home all that more difficult. Combine this with their ability to take up shelter inside walls, cracks, and crevices, and it makes the situation all that more much complicated. As the first sign of a bug in the home, you’ll want to give us a call immediately. The faster we tackle the problem, the sooner we contain it!
Can I Get Rid Of Them Myself?
There are no two ways to go about it, box elder bug treatment can be as complicated as the creature itself. As was mentioned, these bugs are in your home as a means of survival. They don’t really want to be there but are just trying to ride out the upcoming winter months. Some treatments require pesticides and there are plenty of over-the-counter pesticides available, but these products just aren’t as effective. This is because they don’t contain pertinent ingredients. It’s illegal for anyone without a license and certification to handle the proper chemicals needed to eradicate box elder bugs.
This is not to say that you won’t have some success with over-the-counter treatments, chemicals, and pesticides, but the chances of you successfully eliminating these creatures with these treatments is rare.
When Can You Get Here?
Although boxelder bugs are nothing more than a nuisance, you can clearly see why no one wants them in the home flying around. Heck, this is probably why you are here in the first place. Whatever the situation, we understand your want to get the critter out of the property. Whether you have questions, concerns, or just want to learn more about box elder bugs, you can give our offices a call. We do offer emergency services when they are needed, but it usually takes us anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to get an inspector out to the property.
The inspector will then evaluate the property and determine the severity of the infestation as well as the best methods of treatment. The next visit will be the administration of the treatment.