Identifying Boxelder Bugs in Michigan
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By now, you have probably seen a lot of bugs around your Birmingham, Michigan, house. Boxelder bugs are just one of the bugs you might see this summer. While one or two boxelder bugs might not be a big deal, they can quickly become a problem.
What is a Boxelder Bug?
A boxelder bug is a long, flat bug that has red marks. They are most often found in the Western portion of the United States, but can also have large populations in the Midwest, and right here in Birmingham, Michigan.
The biggest problem with Boxelder bugs is that they don’t remain on the Boxelder tree. Instead, they can become problematic as they find their way indoors during colder weather. They can also be very difficult to get rid of because of their durable shells. In fact, you might even see them during the freezing cold winter.
Keeping Boxelder Bugs Out
Fortunately, there are things that you can do to prevent a boxelder bug infestation. The following tips can help you prevent an infestation:
- Repair all entrance points that lead to the outdoors (window holes, door screens, and any other crevices).
- Install door molding to block out any additional entrance points.
- Identify any holes in interior foundations.
- Ensure all ducts, outlets, and cover plates are securely attached.
If you notice any signs of a boxelder infestation in your home, you will want to have a professional look at it as soon as possible. You might notice an increase in boxelder bugs or red stains on drapes, curtains, and etc.
If you have had a problem with boxelder bugs in the past, then it can be useful to prepare for their entrance now. In just a few months, the weather will begin to get cold again and bugs will look for a way inside. Let us help you stop them from entering your house.
Getting Rid of Your Birmingham, MI, Boxelder Bugs
Once you have identified a boxelder infestation in your Birmingham home, then it is time to take action to remove them. It is important to take care when removing box elders from your house.
While killing off the boxelder bugs is the goal, you also have to remove them. Otherwise, you risk attracting additional bugs. Additionally, boxelder bugs can give off a very strong and foul smell when they are not removed properly. You also have to consider boxelder bug eggs. If you remove the adult boxelder bugs but not the eggs, you will have another infestation in just 10-14 days.
It is crucial to get rid of them properly the first time. When spring comes back around, they will find their way back to their interior structure. An effective boxelder pest control service also requires that you repair the entrance point. This stops additional boxelder bugs, or other types of insects, from entering your house.
Your Pest Control Birmingham Experts Will Get Rid of Your Pest Problem Today
Whether you are dealing with boxelder bugs, spiders, or flies, Pest-Ez East is here to help you with effective, eco-friendly pest control services. Call one of our experts today at (248) 820-3057 to take control of your Birmingham boxelder bug problem. We offer reliable pest control services to Detroit, Royal Oak, Livonia, Troy, and all throughout Wayne County.