Boxelder bugs are named after the tree that they primarily live in, the Boxelder tree. These black and red insects are not dangerous to humans but are definitely a nuisance to have in your home. Here are a few facts about boxelder bugs and 3 ways to get rid of them.
They are similar to the stink bug; when they are killed they release a pungent odor. During the winter months, these pests, like other overwintering insects, seek shelter indoors. So if you find them in your home, don’t be alarmed! Here are 3 ways to get rid of them:
Prevention is key when it comes to boxelder bugs. Consider treating the exterior walls of your home with an insecticide to keep them out of your home. It’s most effective to spray it at the beginning of spring when they are emerging out of hibernation. Another great way to prevent them from ending up in your home is to seal up all entry points.
Bugs hate dish soap. A great natural remedy is to mix about a tablespoon of dish soap into a spray bottle and chase down these little guys! If you see a group of them in your home, this is a good way to get rid of them and kill them.
You don’t want to crush boxelder bugs when you see them but rather vacuum them up to avoid the odor that comes from crushing them. As soon as you’re done vacuuming them be sure to throw out the discards so you don’t run the risk of the little pests escaping.
We would love to help you take on these little black and red pests! If you are still having issues with boxelder bugs after trying these tips, it may be time for one of our Bug Guys to inspect your home. Schedule a home inspection here today.