You needn’t be an insect lover to take a second and admire the box elder bug when encountering them. While there are plenty of unique and interesting bugs in the community, there are none so as much so as the box elder bug. The bug honestly looks like a tribal or ornamental mask with its distinctive flat wings and red or orange outlying stripes. You might not have entirely known what you were seeing at the time, but there is a good chance the appearance of the bug alone stopped you in your tracks for a few seconds. It probably was only shortly after that, you wondered exactly what you were dealing with and how to get rid of it. As interesting and unique as they are, you certainly don’t want them roaming around the property freely.
This is especially true for those individuals trying to run a respectable business. Either way, all you must do is get our local pest management office on the phone and we’ll dispatch someone to get started on the problem. All your troubles go away with a single phone call when you contact us!
What Exactly Is The Box Elder Bug?
While we will take care of everything for you, it never hurts to arm yourself with as much information as possible. This is especially true when it comes to the box elder bug. Look at it this way, the more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to handle a potential infestation. At the very least, you’ll know if you have a problem on your hands. That’s the biggest problem most people face. They don’t know they have a problem until it’s too late.
With this in mind, it starts with understanding your threat. The boxelder bug is an insect that feeds on the leaves and seeds of the box elder tree, hence the name. They can also commonly be found on ashes, maples, and cherries. In addition to eating the leaves and seeds, they’ll lay eggs amongst the leaves and branches. These pesky little pests tend to start showing up in the spring and fall or early summer. This is because, during the cooler seasons, they are forced indoors. You can commonly find them on rock faces and tree trunks, most facing the rise of the sun. They do this to try to soak up the heat from the sun.
They also congregate around the property in the same manner, meaning they’ll invade the side of your attic and walls that are more commonly facing the sun.
The Threat They Pose
Most homeowners don’t think that boxelder bugs pose a threat at all. Indeed, they do not bite, but they do, however, pierce through the skin. This is a process that can sometimes leave the skin in an irritated state that causes red welts. They’ll appear like that of the mosquito bite. There can be severe cases when medical attention might have to be sought. Luckily, you can typically avoid these situations by simply not handling the bugs. They aren’t overly aggressive and won’t attack unless provoked.
They can be an even bigger threat to some animals. Animals that eat bugs should avoid the boxelder bugs at all costs. This is because the bugs emit an extremely foul taste. It is likely if ingested the animal will end up vomiting upon consumption. Humans probably don’t want to consume these bugs either, but don’t have to worry about diseases if they do so, as these bugs don’t carry or transmit any known diseases.
Therefore, a call to our local office will be pertinent. Once you get in touch with our office, we’ll send out a trained pro to jump on your pest problems. Call today for service tomorrow!
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