Wacky Pest Wednesday: Boxelder Bugs

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Happy Wednesday to all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday.  Please join us in our latest edition, as we tell you some fun facts about the boxelder bug!

Boxelder bugs are these black and orange bugs that you may see around your home during these colder months—especially as fall starts to feel colder and colder.  Like most humans, boxelder bugs are not big fans of the cold, and if they cannot find some unoccupied boxelder or ash trees to hunker down with, then your home makes for a pretty good secondary option.  Thanks to their insatiable appetite for the seeds of these trees—coupled in with their ability to release a nasty-smelling odor when threatened—they give natural predators a run for their money.

These critters are not usually considered to be a pest until this time of year, where you may find hordes of these guys huddling together on a tree for warmth.  Yet no need to worry if they’re not on your property, because even though they may be scary-looking, they are not known to be aggressive to humans. However, if you pick one up, don’t be surprised if they take a chomp out of your hand with their piercing-mouthpart—it bites through seeds all day, so it may hurt a little bit.  Of course, be sure to seek prompt medical attention if you exhibit any signs of an allergic reaction after being bitten.

So, where are you most likely to find one of these critters in your home?  Believe it or not, boxelder bugs love to snuggle inside your walls for the cold winter months, since they stay out of sight and get to use your insulation as a blanket.  Having a boxelder or ash tree in your yard can increase the likelihood of this happening, alongside cracked weather-stripping on your doors and windows. Before the cold sets in, do yourself a favor and check over these to limit the chances of having a boxelder infestation—it’ll only take a minute and you’ll be happy that you did it.  

Boxelder bugs are some cool-looking bugs, but that doesn’t mean that you have to see them all winter.  If you find some of these guys inside, there is a good chance that they have friends close by, so give us a call and we’ll be there in no time to sort it out!

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