Box Elder Bugs

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What Is The Box Elder Bug?

Whether you knew what you were dealing with or not, a box elder bug sighting would have stood out. You might not have exactly known you were dealing with a box elder bug, but the insect itself would have stood out. This is in part thanks to their distinctive markings. They have flat, black wings with red markings. They look like something from Star Wars. With their ability to reach only ½ inches in length, these are some of the smaller insects you’ll encounter in Syracuse. They get their name from the fact that they feed on box elder trees. Along with that, they commonly feed on maples. Ashes, and cherries.

Who Do People Have Box Elder Bugs?

Boxelder bugs aren’t more than a nuisance, but they’ll do what they need to do when it comes to survival. This makes them a formidable enemy. They typically move into homes and buildings at the end of summer in search of warmth and shelter. This puts them in the overwintering classification. They’ll travel into the home via cracks and crevices and take up residence in the walls facing the sun.

Are Box Elder Bugs Dangerous

Boxelder bugs are considered a nuisance, given the fact they don’t pose any health risks. They don’t carry or transmit diseases or spread pathogens. They don’t even bite or sting, which eliminates even more of the worry. Along with all this, they don’t even pose your home a threat. They don’t bore into wood, they don’t get into food products, but they will likely urinate and defecate wherever they go. These are the most troubling things about these bugs.

How To Eliminate Box Elder Bugs?

Thanks to their ability to squeeze through crevices and take up residence in the walls, these critters can be pretty difficult to eliminate. This is why it is usually best to bring in a trained professional. Trained professionals like our Syracuse pest management team have the tools, knowledge, and know-how to deal with these critters in the safest and most effective ways possible.

Can I Get Rid Of Box Elder Bugs On My Own?

Being a Syracuse pest management professional, this is a question we hear a lot. The answer is tricky, as we will not say that you cannot attempt the task. You might even have some slight success, but we will tell you, it is highly unlikely you’ll eliminate the problem entirely with over-the-counter and DIY treatments. This is because over-the-counter treatments and pesticides just aren’t as effective as the ones we use. The one’s professionals like us utilize contain ingredients and chemicals that are illegal to the public.

Anyone utilizing these chemicals without a proper license or certification is likely doing so illegally. This is just something to keep in mind when choosing a pest management professional in Syracuse.

When Can You Get Here?

Thanks to our unique abilities, tools, and know-how, we stay fairly busy. Couple this with the fact that we also handle other pests, and you can see why so many residents choose us. That being said, we are more than equipped and willing to handle your needs. All you have to do is pick up the phone, give our offices a call, and we’ll dispatch out someone to the property within 24 to 48 hours after receiving the call. We do, however, have techs and employees available if and when emergency services are needed.

Can I Prevent Box Elder Bugs For Invading My Home?

It doesn’t matter the type of bug you are dealing with, it is always best to prevent before allowing infection. This will not only save you time and hassle, but it’ll save you money. Of course, prevention is much harder said than done. If it wasn’t, we would be out of a job. That being said, we are more than willing to try to help. While nearly impossible to completely eliminate your chances of an infestation, there are things you can do to lower your risks of infestation. These are things we are more than willing to help with. After eliminating box elder bugs from the home, we’ll go back over the property and provide you with tips and information as to how you might be able to prevent future infestation. This will likely consist of sealing cracks, crevices, and eliminating lures.

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