Box Elder Bugs
Box elder bugs get their name from the box elder tree, as they can often be found around them. They are native to the western states, which includes Utah. The can be found in Saint George, Cedar City, Washington, Dammeron Valley, Diamond Valley, Parowan, Hurricane, La Verkin, Toquerville, Enoch, Santa Clara, Ivins, and Salt Lake City. These pests are black with reddish or orange markings on their back. Adult box elder bugs have a body shape that is flattened and elongated oval and is about half an inch long. They have six legs and two antennae that are typically half of their body length. Nymphs look like adults, but don't have wings and are bright red. Box elder bugs usually become a problem in the fall when they invade homes, sheds, and garages. Like many overwintering pests, their may be evidence of infestations as the winter ends and when they leave their overwintering site to go back outdoors. Box elder bugs are not dangerous; however, they can bite. Their bites cause irritation similar to mosquito bites.
How to Get Rid of Box Elder Bugs
When getting rid of box elder bugs that have already entered a home or building, don't try to smash them. Dead insect bodies can attract other insects such as larder beetles and carpet beetles. Rather, use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the pests. The bag should be removed to prevent the bugs from escaping. After getting rid of the bugs, seal up any entryways into the living space, In order to prevent box elder bugs from invading homes, repair holes in window and door screens, seal cracks and crevices with a caulking gun and install door sweeps.If you have box elder trees near your home, always clean up fallen leaves and seeds, as they attract box elder bugs. If you have box elder bugs getting into your garden, use hot soapy water to kill them quickly.
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