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Boxelder Bugs

What are boxelder bugs?

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Boxelder bugs are fall pests.

It is black with red markings along the edge of its wings and traditionally measures 1/2 inch in length.

While the boxelder bug gets its name from its main food source, the boxelder tree, they have also been known to feast on ash trees, maple trees, cherry trees and many other seed-bearing plants.

Boxelder bugs feed by sucking sap from the leaves, shoots and seeds of the plant.

Nymphs are similar to adults but are bright red in color and lack wings (although wingpads may be present).

Are boxelder bugs dangerous?

Generally, no. Boxelder bugs are not a known danger to people or pets. The problem with boxelder bugs in Nashville and Middle Tennessee is that the numbers tend to grow year after year and they can cause a red stain resulting in discoloration on curtains, drapes, clothing and other resting places.

Why do I have a boxelder bug problem?

If you or your neighbor have certain trees on or near your property, such as boxelders, maple or ash, you may be more likely to encounter a boxelder bug problem in the fall. As the temperatures begin to drop in October, these nuisance pests begin searching for a warm place to spend the winter and often make their way indoors through small cracks and crevices around foundations, windows and doors, or in gaps under siding. When boxelder buds open in the spring, the adults emerge from hibernation and fly back to their host trees.

How do I get rid of boxelder bugs?

Once inside your home, boxelder bugs and other fall pests, such as stink bugs, hide in wall voids, attics, and other concealed areas. Because of this and infesting in large numbers, getting rid of boxelder bugs is not an easy task. If you have a problem with boxelder bugs, contact All American Pest Control.


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Can I do it myself?

Do-it-yourself methods to get rid of boxelder bugs are not recommended. Many products available in hardware and box stores contain materials that are simply not effective and can be dangerous if improperly handled. Your best bet in getting rid of boxelder bugs is contacting the Nashville pest control pros of All-American today!

Why choose All American Pest Control?

Because we've been providing pest control in Nashville and Middle Tennessee for over 50 years. We understand the pests that call this area home and we know what products and techniques are effective in resolving boxelder bug infestations. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive trained professionals, serious commitment, and thorough treatments.

Can I prevent boxelder bug problems in the future?

Boxelder bugs are determined to enter your home or building in search of a place to overwinter. This makes prevention challenging. Preventative measures include providing a highly repellant, long-lasting residual barrier to the outside (especially on the sunny side) and to cracks and crevices where the boxelder bugs like to hide. It’s also important to seal all possible routes of entry. Use paintable silicone caulk and/or expandable foam to seal and keep boxelder bugs out of your house. If these measures are not enough, many customers choose All-American Pest Control’s Perimeter Pest Control program to ensure fall invaders don’t return.

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