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Getting Rid of your Boxelder Bug Problem
You may notice black and red bugs on the outside of your home or office in the fall seasons. These insects are known as Boxelder Bugs. They are an overwintering pest, which means they will attempt to enter a home or structure as the outside temperature drops to wait out the cold winter season.
When Boxelder Bugs enter your house it is relatively difficult to remove them. The best way to take care of a Boxelder Bug infestation is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place.
Use a Liquid Insecticide Inside the Home
When a Boxelder Bug enters your house, they will try to find nooks, voids, and other undisturbed areas to hide in throughout the winter season. You usually do not see Boxelder Bugs inside the home during the winter. You will see them in the spring once the temperature warms, the Boxelder Bugs will then leave their hiding spots in search of food.
Treat Cracks, Crevices, and Other Hard to Reach Areas with Insecticide Dust
Boxelder Bugs will get into empty voids, cracks, and crevices in your house to hide in the winter time. They normally crawl out of the same hiding places to leave the home in the spring time. Insecticide dust is an good way to treat hard to reach places.
Choose the best insecticide dust that is labeled for Boxelder Bugs using a hand duster. Fill up the duster half-way with insecticide dust, then use 1-2 "puffs" in these places around the home:
- Under appliances
- Under furniture
- Pipes entering the structure
- Under sinks
- Wall voids behind electrical outlets
- Cables and pipes entering the home
- Door frames and window frames
- Corners of attics and closets
- Cracks and crevices