What You Ought To Know About Boxelder Bugs In Las Vegas

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We have plenty of pests to go around in Las Vegas, and boxelder bugs are one type that can become quite a nuisance. If boxelder bugs are a problem on your property, you are not alone. These insects can infest in large numbers, and getting rid of boxelder bugs can be challenging for homeowners.

This guide will provide information about these pests to help you better understand the nature of boxelder bugs and the problems they can cause. We'll also explain some techniques Las Vegas pest control companies use to help prevent these insects. Continue reading to learn how to control boxelder bugs with Anderson Pest Control.

How To Identify Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs in Las Vegas are relatively easy to identify because they tend to be out in the open, unlike many other pests. Outdoors, you will usually find them near their namesake boxelder trees or maple trees or gathering in large numbers on the sides of rocks and buildings where the sun hits. 

Boxelder bugs' flat elongated bodies are around half an inch long, black with red or orange markings, and have wings that lay flat over each other, forming an X. Their nymphs look similar but are bright red and don't have wings yet. You may see yellow boxelder eggs in the bark of trees that turn red as they develop until they hatch about two weeks later.

Boxelder bug infestations usually occur in vast numbers, and in the summer, you can see them at every stage of their development out in your yard. If these pests frequently find a way into your home, contact us at Anderson Pest Control for assistance.

The Problems Caused By Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs don't spread any diseases, and they generally don't bite. But they can cause some problems for homeowners, including:

  • In the fall, boxelder bugs gather together and move into the closest building to spend the winter in sheltered areas like walls and attics.
  • In the spring, boxelder bugs in the house will leave their winter hiding spots and emerge in large numbers into the living area.
  • Their droppings leave red stains on fabric like curtains and clothing.
  • If they are killed inside the walls of your home, boxelder bugs will attract other pests, such as carpet beetles.
  • They release a terrible odor when crushed.

After boxelder bugs leave their winter habitats, you will find them feeding on fallen boxelder seeds, then moving onto newly developing leaves on boxelder and maple trees. They will sometimes feed on the fruit of plum and apple trees too. Boxelder bugs don't cause serious harm to the trees they infest, although they can injure fruit like plums, peaches, and apples when they feed, causing dimples and scarring.

While having them in your house may be uncomfortable, it is best not to try to kill boxelder bugs inside. A vacuum can help reduce their numbers until you can contact a company like Anderson Pest Control for assistance with boxelder bug control.

Boxelder Bug Prevention Tips For Las Vegas Homeowners

Prevention is the best form of pest control for boxelder bugs. Because they can infest homes in large numbers, keeping them out is much easier than removing them afterward. Summer is the best time to put prevention measures in place after the overwintering adults have left the house.

Here are some tips that can help prevent boxelder bugs from getting in the house:

  • Install door sweeps and weather stripping.
  • Seal window and door frames and baseboards to prevent them from entering the living space.
  • Check that all electrical outlets and heating ducts have a tight seal.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the exterior of the house.

Working with a local pest control company is the most effective way to prevent boxelder bugs from getting inside. Contact us at Anderson Pest Control today to learn more about how our home pest control services can help keep pests outside where they belong.

The Key To Getting Rid Of Boxelder Bugs

Anderson Pest Control offers Integrated Pest Management (IPM), combining traditional pest control methods with an extensive knowledge of the life cycles and characteristics of the pests we treat. This process is the most effective for eliminating problematic pests and keeping them from returning. It also allows us to minimize risk for your family, pets, and the environment.

We know how to get rid of boxelder bugs and keep them out. Contact us today to schedule your free inspection and reclaim your home from troublesome pests.