November 15, 2021

Montgomery Property Owners' Guide To Boxelder Bug Control

Boxelder bugs (Boisea trivittatus) are aptly named based on their attraction to boxelder trees, found in various parts of the U.S. and Canada. Often mistaken for stink bugs, these pests have a flat body measuring roughly ½ inch long and appear black with distinctive red or orange markings. Boxelder bugs predominately feed on seeds and leaves, as well as fruits to a lesser extent. In homes, boxelder bugs often are seen near houseplants seeking water.

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Are Boxelder Bugs Dangerous? 

Although very unlikely, boxelder bugs can bite, yet they are primarily not a legitimate threat to human health. They will create stains on walls, furniture, or other surfaces that result from their excrement. Boxelder bugs generally will not reproduce indoors; however, they often seek refuge in homes and other structures during the colder months (overwintering).

Overwintering Boxelder Bugs 

As the weather cools, boxelder bugs tend to seek areas of direct sunlight before migrating to indoor environments or cracks and crevices that provide some shelter. Boxelder bugs can fly and sometimes will travel a mile or two in search of a wintertime home. 

Best Practices For Preventing Them 

Here are a few tips to help you keep boxelder bugs out of your Montgomery property:

  • Fill any cracks in the foundational structure using a durable caulk or sealant to prevent entry.

  • Fix any damaged window screens and install sweeps on the base of exterior doors.

  • Use a vacuum for sucking up boxelder bugs, and be sure to empty the canister contents into a durable bag for disposal.

  • A powerful garden hose may effectively spray away clusters of bugs on trees or other exterior areas near the home.

How Will Hiring A Pest Extermination Professional Help? 

Property owners often respond to the presence of pests by searching the internet for home remedies that are mainly mythical and farfetched. Several weeks later, many of these individuals face the reality that these efforts were fruitless and that the critters have been busily reproducing, making the problem exponentially worse. 
Others try do-it-yourself treatment options sold at local home improvement stores marketed as a fast and easy solution. Many of these products, such as aerosol sprays, traps, and granular concentrates, are only capable of generating negligible and short-term results because they fail to eradicate the pests that are located deep within walls, duct systems, and other hard-to-reach locations. The best initial response to a pest-related concern involves speaking with an established pest controller to assess the situation and implement a comprehensive solution accurately. 

Leading Local Pest Control Company 

In addition to boxelder bugs, the staff with Bill Clark Pest Control has continued to deliver results in homes, businesses, and industrial environments facing intrusions from ants, bed bugs, rodents, mosquitoes, and many others problematic and potentially harmful pests. 
Our team comprises many Certified Applicators who have fulfilled the licensing requirements necessary and proven capable of eradicating, excluding, sanitizing, and making structural modifications when necessary to get the job done. 
The safety of our customers and protecting the local environment are among our top priorities. We now deploy many of the newest products and treatment options that have proven to be safe and effective. Many of these solutions have been endorsed or recommended by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and other industry-leading organizations that provide guidance and education regarding operational best safety practices. 
We invite you to call us or use our quick and easy online request form to schedule an onsite inspection and no-obligation estimate. Remember to ask our representative about our Pest-Stop Plan, a one-time treatment visit from one of our licensed specialists customized to target the pest(s) you are struggling with.


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