A nice warm day in the midst of the winter or spring is a delightful thing. That is, until you see a mass of insects gathered on the side of your home. Boxelder bugs enjoy the warmth of the sun during these cool days as much as we do and take the opportunity to hang out on your home. They are harmless, as far as harming you or your home, but prove to be a nuisance when they try to come inside.
They prefer the south facing side of your home on these sunny days. They also will pick your home over your neighbors if yours is lighter in color. Boxelder bugs are small, about 1/2″ long, are dark brown to black in color and have 3 red stripes that run lengthwise on their body. They prefer being outdoors but will come inside and the adults will over winter in eaves and soffits on occasion. They harbor in piles of leaves, mulch and wood piles.
As a homeowner you have several options to reduce the number of box elder bugs around your home. Seal cracks and crevices that are in the structure, even the smallest opening will create a path that a boxelder bug will find. Remove any leaves that have gathered around your foundation. Treatment by a professional may be necessary if they persist after these efforts.
Boxelder bugs can be controlled by using a combination of methods. Treating infested trees (usually Maple, Ash or Boxelder) will have direct results. Interior control is accomplished by vacuuming the insects. If attic spaces and chimneys need treatment fog is an effective method. The exterior perimeter of the home can be treated with a liquid product.
Consider having an ongoing preventative pest control service performed by a professional. As with most insects the exterior of your home is the avenue by which they gain entry to the interior living area. Exterior treatments are the best way to prevent an infestation from happening. Your home can be protected from boxelder bugs and many other insects by calling a local professional pest control operator today.