Box Elder Bugs

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Professional Box Elder Bug Pest Control Louisville KY

Box elder bugs are highly distinguishable insects, with wings that are outlined in a bright, almost neon red coloration. Adults grow up to ½ inches in length, with three sets of elbowed legs, two antennas, and two bulging red eyes.

The diet consists of sap from the cherry, maple, ash, and box elder tree species.

Why Are Box Elder Bugs Infesting My Cherry Tree?

Boxelder bugs are drawn to cherry trees, as well as the tree species box elder and maple. As an overwintering pest, the box elder bug is more active through the late fall and early winter, and late spring. Starting in late fall, box elder bugs initiate infiltration attempts into residential and commercial establishments. Small openings around plumbing pipes, electrical wiring, entrance door thresholds, and the seal around the bottom of garage doors.

When box elder bugs are detected indoors, it can be contributed to overwintering, a dormant state that permits insects to live on minimal nutrients derived from stored fat.

Do Box Elder Bugs Spread Disease?

Boxelder bugs have not been linked to human or animal diseases. The species will bite when provoked. Fortunately, the bite will not contribute to more than a mild allergic reaction, in most cases.

What Is The Safest And Most Effective Box Elder Bug Extermination Strategy?

Boxelder bugs colonize in the late fall, initiating infiltration attempts into homes to avoid harsh winter weather exposure. Our professional pest management is ideal for box elder bug infestations, ranging from mild to severe.

We combine an industrial-strength pesticide with visual inspections to ensure the best outcome. Pesticide treatment followed by routine visual inspections to determine the effectiveness. When the treatment is not as effective as it should be, we will make alterations accordingly. Our goal is to deliver full extermination in the shortest duration, without compromising the client’s property or health.

Should I Try Over-The-Counter Pesticide For Box Elder Bug Infestation?

It depends on the severity of the problem. We do not recommend DIY pesticides for box elder bug infestation. Minor box elder bug problems may be fully eliminated with over-the-counter pest control products. But, these low potency pesticides will have little to no impact on a full-blown infestation.

To learn more about our professional box elder bug management, we highly suggest reaching out to our Louisville exterminators. These professionals are qualified and experienced in the Kentucky pest control industry.

How Long Does It Take To Process A Box Elder Bug Inspection Request In Louisville?

Our pest control service processing takes between 24 and 48 hours during the off-peak box elder bug season. During the peak season, box elder bug activity is at its highest, as the insects are preparing for overwintering and breeding, starting in the late spring.

Will My Pets Be Exposed To Chemical Pesticide During The Initial And Continuing Treatment?

No, our pest control protocol prohibits the use of chemical-based pesticides in homes occupied by humans and/or animals. The exterminator will go over our protocol during the initial consultation.

How Can I Protect My Home From A Future Box Elder Bug Infiltration?

By repairing and updating the structural components of your home responsible for keeping insect intruders outdoors will be a great place to start. Start with a visual inspection of each structural component, including door and window frames, entrance thresholds, basement and crawlspace vents, air conditioning ducts, vinyl siding, and plumbing pipes.

Small openings can easily and quickly be filled with waterproof silicone, while larger openings will need a more drastic approach. If you need assistance with this task, do not hesitate to reach out to your local exterminator.

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