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11 FAQs and answers about the Boxelder bug fix 2021 - Other - Nc to do
Boxelder bugs can be very annoying in the home. by Tom Murphy
An entomologist may find the red border on their black wings pretty pretty, but if boxelder invade your home, they can get really annoying! Although these red and black beetles do no harm, few people enjoy large insects crawling out of cracks on their walls, windows, lights, or furniture.
If you've ever invaded your home box bugs, chances are you've sought information on how to identify and control them.
This article covers some of the most frequently asked questions about this error and how to control it.
1. How do I know if this bug on my wall is a Boxelder bug?
The Boxelder (Boisea trivittata) are about 1/2-inh long black with three red stripes, vertical border lines on the body, and red lines on the edges of its wings. These markings make it appear as if their wings form an upside-down V when resting with their wings flat (see photo on left).
2. Why do these big bugs come into my house?
As the name suggests, Boxelder are attracted to Boxelder. If you have these or silver maples that they are also attracted to around your home or in the neighborhood, you are very likely boxelder bedbugs. In autumn, when they begin to seek shelter for the coming cold winter months, they are drawn to the warm, sunny sides of the houses. From there, they slide between crevices and gaps in the siding, around doors and windows, etc., and often end up indoors in winter.
3. What if I can't get rid of it?
The boxelder will hibernate in the walls of the house until the warmth brings them out. And that warmth can be the heated air from your home that it brings from the walls into the rooms of your home during the winter months. Like bugs like stinkbugs and squash bugs, boxelders can detect temperature differences of as little as one degree so it doesn't take much time to decide it's time to move further into a warmer environment.
4. Will the insects bite, or will I or my family?
No, boxelders bugs don't bite or sting people
5. I've seen some on my trees and plants. Will the beetles injure the foliage?
Although they live and reproduce in boxelder and silver maple trees, and feed on the leaves, flowers, and seed pods, they cause no harm. Boxelder beetles in and around houseplants are usually looking for moisture. Rarely will they also harm these plants.
6. Do boxelder beetles cause any other damage?
Unless there are high populations. First and foremost, a bothersome pest, Boxelder beetles only live for a few days and do not infest food, damage to property, and do not breed indoors. But if a lot of them come into your home, they can be very intrusive and bothersome, and their excrement can stain surfaces like walls, furniture, and curtains.
7. How do I get rid of boxer bugs that get into my home?
Once the pests have penetrated, physical removal is best, and really the only practical way to get rid of them. Some options are:
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a long hose connector to pick up the bugs.
- Spray the bugs directly with a detergent / water solution (see question # 10 below). Then ...
- Kill bedbugs with a broom or vacuum cleaner.
Never crush a boxelder bug; this can stain the surface on which it is killed.
8. How can I keep the bed bugs out of my home?
Any remaining insecticide can be sprayed on the outside walls of the house where the beetles will be found. This is most effective in spring or fall, when the boxelder beetles are just beginning to exit (spring) or shelter (fall). The residue will help keep the bugs from landing, it will not remain effective once cold weather sets in. For do-it-yourselfer, there are retail products marked for boxer bug control. Be sure to only buy and use products that are specifically labeled for this pest. Read and follow the directions on the label and use safety equipment.
9. Are there any non-toxic methods to control Boxelder errors?
According to the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, a solution of 1/2 cup of dish soap to a gallon of water can kill boxelders if sprayed directly on the bugs that congregate on the outside of your home.
However, this will have no residual effect and will have to be reapplied each time the errors accumulate.
10. How can I prevent box bugs from getting into my home?
The best prevention is to examine your house the ways these bugs (and other pests) can get in, and then the bugs by shielding or sealing any cracks, crevices, gaps and openings in your house; Repairing torn or broken door or window grilles and making sure doors and windows are well sealed; use other exclusion techniques to reduce entry points and numbers.
11. Is there a way to keep the bugs out of my home permanently?
The most permanent control of boxer bugs is to remove boxelder and silver maple trees near the home, as these are a source of food and breeding ground for the beetles when they are active in spring and summer, but this is not always practical or possible.
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