Friday, 21. September 2012 10:11
Boxelder bugs are known as nuisance pests that usually congregate in people’s houses as the temperatures begin to drop in the fall and spring. Characteristically known for their black and red color, boxelder bugs emit a foul odor and may leave stains on walls and furniture when crashed. This foul odor acts as a defense mechanism against predators and also attracts other boxelder bugs to the location that has been found to be conducive as an overwinter shelter.
Although they rarely cause any harm to humans, boxelder bugs in the house become a bother due to their irritating foul smell and large numbers. They are known to increase in number in a relatively short amount of time after emerging from their overwinter sheltering areas. One should expect to find the first batch of nymphs after approximately eleven to nineteen days from the day you first notice their congregation.
It is worth noting that one should not wait until it is no longer hot to get rid of boxelder bugs. Waiting too long will make it harder to control the bugs because once the they begin to flock in a particular area, they will attract an even larger number of their kind through their smell. It is always wise to take the offensive and attack the bugs that emerge during the fall and prevent them from becoming part of the spring boxelder bug menace.
It is recommended that one locate all the areas in the house that the bugs gather and begin to vacuum the already congregated bugs. Usually these are crevices and cracks that are hard to reach and offer the boxelder bugs a secure and safe overwinter shelter. It is imperative that all these areas are sealed off in order to keep the boxelder bugs out of the house. Although it is a good preventative measure that keeps the bugs out, only sealing off the crevices cannot ensure that the hugs will permanently stop invading your house seeking a warm shelter for breeding.