Manager of Burr Pest Control Brian Mitchell explains "we got our first day of phone calls where the phone rings off the hook for the Boxelder bugs."
It's a busy time of year for exterminators. As temperatures drop Boxelders start migrating. Hot and dry summers cause the number of Boxelders to go up.
Mitchell says, "Once it starts to get colder then they start to crawl up underneath the siding and in any crack and crevice they can find. And when they do that once they're inside there they start to get into the house. "
Paint color doesn't matter; the bugs will find the warmest part of the home to camp out.
Boxelders are pesky but harmless. An easy at home solution is to mix dish soap with water. The mixture destroys the wax on the bug's outer shell. Boxelders don't feed on food or clothing. The insects don't reproduce in the house.
Mitchell explains, "it feels like they attack you sometimes because they're flying they just kind of fly into you; but what they'll do is they'll fly out and this time of year land on the side of the house there's no biting."
Boxelders will leave a red or purple stain if smashed.
It's an important
tip for those who can't stand the annoying crawlers. Unfortunately, more bugs
could be on the way.