Say Goodbye To Boxelder Bugs: Proven Strategies For Control Around Your Omaha Home

Boxelder Bug crawling on a plant stem.

Omaha pest control has to include boxelder bug control, as boxelder bugs are common in the area and often try to spend their winters indoors, which drives them to invade our homes. In this strategy guide, we will talk about boxelder bug identification and the problems they pose during a full-fledged infestation. We will also discuss how to eliminate boxelder bugs if they’ve made their way into your home. 

Keep reading for a brief but useful guide to these unique pests. 

Key Characteristics Of Boxelder Bugs: How To Identify Them

To get started, what is a boxelder bug and what do they look like? Boxelder bugs are insects named after boxelder trees, where they typically like to live during the warmer months, though they’re also commonly found near several other tree species. Boxelder bugs are generally quite small, around half an inch long. Their coloring is black and orange or black and red, and they have six legs and antennae. It’s also worth noting that boxelder bugs’ wings cross on their backs, whereas many other winged insects have wings that rest parallel to one another. 

Now that you know how to spot boxelder bugs, let’s get into why they pose problems on your property.

The Risks Of Boxelder Bug Infestations: Why You Should Take Action

Are boxelder bugs harmful? Not in terms of serious health risks or bites. It is possible for boxelder bugs to bite humans, but bites rarely result in serious symptoms. The major risk presented by a boxelder bug infestation is the stains their droppings can leave on different surfaces around your home. 

Beyond these stains, please keep in mind that crushing a boxelder bug will result in an unpleasant smell. This smell isn’t dangerous, but it’s also not something you want to linger in your home. In the case of a full infestation, these risks are amplified by the sheer number of boxelder bugs in the home at one time.    

Boxelder Bug Extermination: How To Eliminate An Infestation

When it comes to boxelder bug removal, professional home pest control is the best possible option. Pest control professionals can use advanced techniques to make sure that boxelder bugs are effectively removed and that they stay away from your home in the future. 

At Beeline Pest Control, we’re experts at getting rid of boxelder bugs. We have honed our techniques to make sure that we can dispatch boxelder bugs quickly and efficiently. If you’d like to learn more about our methods or how we can help with your specific situation, please contact us.

Boxelder Bug Prevention: Effective Strategies For Keeping Them At Bay

If you’ve had a boxelder infestation removed, dealt with an infestation before, or are just trying to make sure that you can stop an infestation from happening in the first place, then effective boxelder bug prevention strategies are absolutely key.  

Let’s go through some of the basics of how to keep boxelder bugs away: 

  • Seal small openings in the exterior of your home to stop boxelder bugs from finding their way indoors. 
  • Check your window screens for holes and imperfections. 
  • Use door sweeps and buffers on all exterior doors to eliminate gaps underneath the door that boxelder bugs and other insects could use to enter your home. 
  • Look for cracks in your home’s foundation. 
  • Keep silicone caulking nearby so that you can seal any cracks as soon as they arise. 

Keeping boxelder bugs out of your home in the first place is the essence of prevention, and it’s especially important to keep these tips in mind in autumn when the temperatures start to fall. This is the time of year when boxelder bugs are looking for indoor shelter for the winter. 

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