Middle Tennessee in October is the perfect condition to find swarms of boxelder bugs on the sunny side of your home. Boxelder bugs are about 1/2 inch long in size. Their thorax is black with 3 red lines. They eat a variety of vegation, but one of their most favorite foods is the seed pods of the boxelder tree.
Boxelder bugs are a nuissance pest and annoy homeowners in the fall and early winter by crawling on the exterior and sometimes interior of homes. The insects overwinter and look to hide in cracks and crevices of walls, doors, shutters, windows and around foundations of your home.
Luckily, boxedler bugs are just a nuissance and they do not cause harm or bite. We recommend screening or sealing cracks and entrances into your home to keep pests outside. It is possible that boxelder bugs can stain curtains or light colored upholstered household items.
When bugs are found on the exterior of the home, a liquid residual application can be made to the cracks and crevices (hiding spots) of the home. If boxelder bugs have found their way inside your home, your best bet is to vacuum up the bugs and then call a pest control professional for a preventative exterior treatment.
All-American Pest Control provides pest control services for homes and businesses in Nashville, TN and the surrounding counties. If you live in Brentwood, Franklin, Hendersonville, Mount Juliet or other Mid TN cities, give us a call.