Rock Island's Complete Guide To Box Elder Bugs

box elder bugs inside a home

There are many pests around Rock Island that are famous for being a nuisance, a danger, or both. One pest that many don't know much about is the box elder bug. This pest gets its name from the fact they're usually found on or near boxelder trees. While they are native to the western states, they have been observed to exist throughout the eastern United States as well.

Box elder bugs are black with red to orange markings on their back. They have a flattened and elongated oval body shape and are about half an inch long. Their antennae are about half the length of their body and they possess wings. Besides their appearance, box elder bugs are known for their propensity to come inside to overwinter. This is when they become a problem because they invade homes, sheds, and garages as colder weather moves in.

Are They Dangerous?

The good news is this pest is primarily a nuisance pest since they are not known to cause extensive property damage or pose a threat to people. However, that doesn't mean they don't cause problems. For starters, their fecal matter will cause red stains to develop on materials such as clothing, drapes, and curtains. In addition, they also produce a strong and foul odor when crushed or handled roughly, thereby making it unpleasant to be around them at times.

The real concern with box elder bugs is the potential for a large infestation. When they invade in large numbers, their presence becomes intrusive and overwhelming. Box elder bugs aren't known to bite, but it's worth noting that they can bite hard enough to pierce the skin if provoked. The bite often looks similar to a mosquito bite.

Keeping Them Outside

Even though there is no threat involved with box elder bugs, that doesn't mean anyone wants them to be inside the house. As such, we've put together some tips to help make prevention easier:

  • Seal entry points: They will try to get in through cracks and crevices in your home. Seal any entry points.

  • Repairs: Broken window or door screens are prime access points. Repair any points of entry.

  • Bug removal: Remove box elder bugs from the area close to your home when you see them.

  • Plant: Plant mums outdoors in the fall months when bugs are seeking warmth and protection. Bugs are deterred by their scent.

The main concern with box elder bugs making it inside is that it's virtually impossible to find every nesting site. If they've already made it in, you might just be stuck with them until spring comes back around.

No More Box Elder Bugs With Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators

Box elder bugs can be a huge inconvenience when invading in large numbers. With this pest you will want ongoing coverage from a licensed pest control company like Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. Our professional assistance will allow you to enjoy direct protection from box elder bugs and other pests invading your Rock Island home during the colder seasons.

With our comprehensive pest control solutions, you can rest assured you'll remain protected every season. Our team has worked for more than 85 years to hone their process to perfection because you deserve nothing less than guaranteed results that last when it comes to residential pest control.

If you suspect a box elder bug infestation, then give us a call or go online to schedule your free inspection. We'll provide the solution you need for effective box elder bug control.

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