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Some people refer to them as ‘nuisance’ bugs because on a sunny afternoon they’ll be all over the side of your home and can even get in your home. They’re harmless pests but as stated a minute ago, can be a ‘nuisance.’ These pests don’t wreak havoc on your property or vegetation. The two cons to this pest are (1) the fact that it can leave a stain on light-colored surfaces when it defecates, and (2) the unpleasant odor released when stepped on or smashed.

These bugs are around ½ inch long when an adult. If you’ve noticed an increase in the boxelder population near your property you most likely have a female boxelder tree present nearby. This is their favorite food. Sure, they’ll eat other plants too but you won’t see a significant number of them when this is the actual case.

We receive many calls of people reporting bugs all over the sunny side of their home or property; almost always the pests are boxelder bugs. If you have a boxelder tree on your property, be prepared to see even more of them over passing months.

So how did these pesky little critters get into your property? They found their way in through windows, soffits, dryer vents, outdoor faucets, siding, doors, etc. Don’t worry, they won’t be reproducing in your home and multiplying like crazy. If the infestation is growing it’s only because you have a large population on your property; outside coming in.

The best way to prevent them from entering your home is inspecting around your doors and windows and other areas where any cracks or crevices might be present. Seal them to help keep the boxelder bugs out. Don’t keep piles of rocks, leaves or wood near your home as this is a great shelter for boxelder bugs during the warmer months. If you have a lot of them on the side of your property you might try “rinsing” them off so to speak. Use a hose and spray them off.

Vacuum them up or sweep them outside if they’re inside your property. You can even catch them and toss them outside if there is only a handful and you’re willing to touch them. Only on rare occasions have they been known to bite and did not cause any damage.

You won’t find any damage done to your home due to a boxelder bug infestation but we do realize the nuisance they can be. If you simply don’t want to put up with them give us a call at (909) 829-5579 to see how we can help.

 

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