PUBLISHED ON March 25th, 2014
If you take a look at the boxelder bug’s mouth, you’ll notice that its beak-like shape is ideal for piercing plant tissues and sucking liquids. It also has membranous forewings that are hardened near the base, as well as antennas with five segments. Oregon pest management companies share that theses aspects makes the pest a hemiptera, or “true bug.”
Boxelder bugs are generally dark brown with red-colored veins on the wings. When the weather begins to cool in the fall, they pose a problem because they hibernate during the autumn and winter and often enter structures for this purpose. On warm days during the winter months they may emerge inside, quickly becoming a nuisance.
The boxelder becomes a nuisance during the spring when they awake and come out to mate. After not eating for several months, bugs that overwinter in a home may target houseplants for food. Once outside, they feast on sap, tree seeds, and the leaves of maple, boxelder, soapberry and goldenrain trees.
While a few boxelder bugs won’t necessarily hurt your garden, they are problematic when they form large groups on warm days often inside the structure. One o the best ways to prevent a boxelder infestation is with exclusion. This means eliminating bug-sized entry points into your home so they can’t access shelter when the weather is cool. Use weather stripping and caulk, sealing all the cracks on the exterior walls of your home, the roofline and along window and door frames.
If you find yourself with a boxelder bug infestation on your property, contact Eden Pest. The Oregon pest management company will inspect your home for entry points and recommend control techniques that are safe for your family and the environment.