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What Type Of Insect Is A Box Elder Bug?
If you are searching for information about this insect, it is likely you have spotted a few around your home? Boxelder bugs are small insects with unique characteristics, such as the thin red markings that outline their wings. These just about to be the insect’s most distinctive characteristics. The average adult is nearly ½” in length, with two antennas and six legs make it easy for them to access their favorite food sources – cherry, maple, ash, and box elder trees.
Why Is My Home Infested With Box Elder Bugs?
The short answer, your home offers the box elder bug essentials, such as a warm, safe environment, close access to food, discretion, and a low-detection rate. Boxelder bugs spend most of the last part of the summer season seeking suitable shelter away from the harsh cold winter weather. They access the indoors through small cracks and crevices and remain there until warm weather returns.
Do Box Elder Bugs Pose Health Risks For Humans And Pets?
There is no evidence that shows box elder bugs pose a health risk for humans or animals. These insects are considered more of a nuisance than a health danger.
How To Eradicate A Box Elder Bug Infestation?
Simple, with our state-of-the-art box elder bug pest control, which combines pesticides and traps to deliver maximum results. You can learn more by contacting our local office in Columbus Ohio. We recommend not to delay action, as these insects will live in your home for months with or without your knowledge.
Does Box Elder DIY Treatment Work?
Yes, but only in extremely mild cases. The thing with these insects, they try to keep a low profile to avoid detection. In fact, they can live in your home for months without your knowledge. You spot a box elder bug one day, forget about it, and your home is fully invaded before you know. We recommend our commercial-grade box elder bug pest control, which targets the insects in their hiding places. Not only are there ineffectiveness risks when it comes to over-the-counter pesticides, but also improperly administered health and property damage risks.
When Will The Exterminator Arrive At My Home?
When you contact our local Columbus extermination office, an alert is initiated all throughout the building. This alerts our extermination team that a resident is in trouble. While boxelder bugs are small, they like to travel in packs. Where there is one, there are usually a dozen more. With this in mind, we will dispatch a licensed exterminator out to your home within 24 to 48 hours of your initial call for help.
Is Box Elder Bug Treatment Harmful?
Boxelder bug pesticides, insecticides, and traps do not pose health risks to humans, animals, plants, or the environment when utilized per the manufacturers’ instructions. To further reduce these risks, we only utilize pest control products approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is the federal agency responsible for the oversight of chemical-based insecticides. EPA-approved pesticides are safe as long as they are administered and handled properly.
How To Prevent Future Box Elder Bug Infestations?
Once a home is violated by box elder bugs, its insect barriers are no longer deemed “effective.” This is very unfortunate for both the home and owner because pest infestations will become a common problem if something is not done to stop them in their tracks. We recommend a full rebuild of the home’s pest barrier around the exterior of your property line. The first step of the process begins with crack and crevice sealant. Utilize caulk or some other type of waterproof sealant to fill in what you consider as an insect access point.