Wacky Pest Wednesday: Boxelder Bug

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A very happy Wednesday to all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  We invite you to join us today, we go over a pest that you probably haven’t heard of before: the boxelder bugs.

Boxelder bugs are certainly one pests that isn’t talked about a lot, but chances are that you have seen these critters at some point or another.  Deriving their name from conglomerating around boxelder trees, these little fellas love to chow down on the flowers and fruits that many trees produce.  While they absolutely love boxelder trees, they are known to hang around both maple and ash trees, which are rather abundant in our little slice of the country.

Nonetheless, the boxelder bug is one that you should keep an eye out for.  They are not known to bite humans, but they have a rather nasty set of pinchers that they will use if they feel threatened.  Typically, winter is the season where you will see them inside your home, as they may take a warm day and use it to find shelter for the season.  With their ability to squeeze through some of the tiniest cracks, they try their best to burrow in your walls so that they can wrap themselves in a nice cozy layer of warm insulation.  

This being said, removal of the boxelder bug can be a little tricky.  Yes, you want them out, but you do not want to kill them while they are still in the wall, since their bodies can attract other pests like beetles.  Instead, leave it to the professionals so that they can be certain that the boxelder bugs will be the only bugs you have to worry about.  

If you think you have spot a boxelder bug in your home, reach out to us today and we’ll take care of them in no time!

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