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What Is The Box Elder Bug?
Whether you knew you were dealing with a box elder bug or not, you would remember the experience. This is because the bug so distinctively stands out. This is a bug that has flat wigs that lay across the entirety of the back, but it is the red markings that make them stand out. While they only grow to be about ½ inch in length, these bugs can be incredibly difficult to spot, even with their distinctive red markings. They get their name from the fact that they feed on box elder trees, but they have also commonly been found feeding on Ash trees, Maple trees, and Cherry trees.
Why Do I Have Box Elder Bugs?
Boxelder bugs usually like to enter the property by penetrating cracks and crevices. Cracks and crevices in the foundation, around walls, in windows, and door frames. They do this because they are usually looking for a place to ride out the winter weather. These bugs fall into the overwintering classification and enter properties seeking warmth and shelter from the winter elements. They’ll usually only hang out until the weather starts to turn. And, this is when most homeowners start to spot them in the home.
Are Box Elder Bugs Dangerous?
All in all, box elder bugs aren’t considered a threat. This is because they don’t bite. They don’t sting, and they aren’t known to carry any diseases. While they do not pose any serious threat to you, your home, or your property, they can be quite a nuisance. In addition to this, you have to think of the fact that they are constantly urinating and defecating wherever they go. It’s just their nature and one of the things that make them a nuisance. Just because they don’t pose a physical threat it’s not like you want them in the home buzzing around.
How Can I Eliminate Box Elder Bugs?
Boxelder bugs are extremely difficult to eliminate because their being on a property is a means of survival. They don’t choose to be on the property. They only venture on the property and take up residence in the home because they are trying to ride out the winter month. Forcing them back out in the cold is like forcing them to their death. This is the way they are going to see it, and they will fight tooth and nail to stay. As you can imagine, this makes elimination difficult. Combine this with the fact that they usually penetrate inside walls and are only half an inch in size, and it makes the entire situation all that much more troubling.
Elimination is a task best left for a pest management professional. It’s something our highly trained, certified, and qualified teams are more than willing to assist with.
Can I Eliminate Them Myself?
In Dayton, Ohio, this is a question that our pest management professionals hear a lot. Considering the cost of pest management services these days, it’s completely understandable as to why someone would want to tackle an elimination on their own. The only problem is, you likely won’t be effective. You might see some success, but you probably won’t be able to get rid of the entire colony. The reason for this is because over-the-counter pesticides aren’t as effective. They don’t contain all the necessary ingredients needed for proper elimination. Such chemicals can be dangerous when utilized under the wrong conditions. This is just another thing to consider and why this is a job best left for the professionals.
When Can You Get Here?
If you are interested in taking advantage of our services, we do not blame you. It’ll probably actually just end up saving you money in the long run. That being said, we also understand that when a pest problem arises, you likely want it removed as quickly as possible. This is why our teams are mobile and ready to jump on the problem as soon as possible. All you have to do is call our offices, set up an appointment, and we’ll have someone out at the property within the next 24 to 48 hours.
We do have emergency teams standing by if and when they are needed. It’s just up to you to give us a call. We are here!
Are Your Treatments Safe?
Unfortunately, pesticides and chemicals are some of the most effective ways to eliminate box elder bugs. While there is nothing wrong with this, you do have to keep in mind that these chemicals can be dangerous. This is why we always utilize certified and highly trained techs. Not only this, but we try to offer eco-friendly and green solutions whenever possible. It’s just up to you to give us a call. We always have someone standing by ready to field your questions and tend to your concerns.