Boxelder Bug Identification & Prevention

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What are boxelder bugs?

Boxelder bugs are common insects easily identified by their bright red or black bodies with narrow red lines across their backs. They have a three-stage life cycle that consists of an egg, nymph, and adult stages and commonly feed on boxelder trees, though they do occasionally feed on other plants.

Adult boxelder bugs grow to be about 1/2 an inch in length, and while these pests are not particularly dangerous to humans, boxelder bug infestations can be quite destructive and invasive, causing problems for our homes and businesses.

The answers to common boxelder bug questions can help you better understand effective boxelder bug control for your home. We give you essential information on avoiding boxelder bug bites and damage in your home.

Are boxelder bugs dangerous?

Boxelder bugs are nuisance pests and are not known as particularly dangerous. They don't transmit diseases, won't attack, and don't do a lot of damage to the trees or plants they feed on. However, boxelder bugs tend to invade properties in large numbers as they search for places to hibernate and become a nuisance as their numbers grow. Boxelder bug droppings often leave unpleasant stains behind in the areas they invade that can be hard to remove.

Occasionally, boxelder bugs can nick humans with their mouthparts, puncturing the skin and causing irritation, but this is unlikely to be a major issue.

Why do I have a boxelder bug problem?

Boxelder bugs are mainly attracted to warm, safe spaces to hibernate during the colder months and properties with lots of boxelder trees or other plants to feed on. You can take steps to reduce access to your property and protect outdoor plants that will limit your chances of picking up a boxelder bug infestation.

Where will I find boxelder bugs?

Outdoors, you can find boxelder bugs feeding on various trees or plants. Indoors, they can be found in cluttered areas, near doors and windows, in cracks and crevices, or even hiding in wall voids.

How do I get rid of boxelder bugs?

Getting rid of boxelder bugs doesn't need to be difficult. Simply contact Quality Pest Control at the first sign of these pests on your property. Our service specialists will develop a tailored treatment plan for your property that removes these pests and protects you against boxelder bug infestations in the long term. Schedule a consultation today.

How can I prevent boxelder bugs in the future?

Prevent boxelder bug problems in Omaha by following our advice to deter this pest from your property.

  • Engage in boxelder bug control during the spring to prevent infestations of bugs from moving into your property over the winter, a problem that can be nearly impossible to treat fully.

  • Seal up all potential entry points for boxelder bugs by repairing cracks around windows, doors, and the foundation and updating window and door screens or weatherstripping.

  • Remove boxelder trees from outdoor areas when possible to stop this pest from being attracted to your property in the first place.

  • Vacuum up any boxelder bugs or boxelder bug eggs in your home to prevent an infestation from becoming even more widespread.

If you need more advice on boxelder bug prevention or assistance defeating an active infestation of boxelder bugs on your property, contact Quality Pest Control today. Our service specialists will ensure we totally eradicate these pests and leave your home or business fully protected.

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