In the fall, pests and insects begin to prepare for the colder months ahead. This is why there’s always a flux in pest infestations this time of year! Some of the most common insects that people begin to see every autumn here in the Henrico VA area are boxelder bugs and stink bugs. These insects are of course most infamous for the odorous smell they emit when crushed or threatened. However, they’re also infamous for their habit of congregating on the sides of buildings as they soak up the sunshine during shorter days. This may be an eye-sore, but the real problem begins if and when they squeeze their way into your home. The exterminators at Loyal Termite & Pest Control are here with need-to-know information about these pesky fall invaders.
Stink Bugs in the Fall
Stink bugs arrived from Asia in the 1980s and are now a common pest around the country. Their backs look like shields, and they can blend easily within foliage. If threatened, these bugs release an odor. There are two main types we see in the states: the brown marmorated stink bug and the green stink bug. Besides being a nuisance, stink bugs are of little harm to people. However, their rapid rate of reproduction makes them worrisome if they get indoors!
Are Boxelder Bugs Harmful?
The boxelder bug is best identified by its unique red markings on its dark body. They are mostly found in boxelder, ash, and maple trees, but also live and feed off of trees with fruit. Even more so than the stink bug, these insects will be drawn to sunny sides of buildings. They only live for a few days or up to a week, but their large populations make them appear to be more of a threat. While very rare, there have been instances in which boxelder bugs bite.
Prevention Tips for Fall Invaders
Luckily, preventing these insects can also help prevent other types of pests from getting access to your home this fall and winter. Here’s how to keep boxelder & stink bugs out:
- Check the caulk around the molding of the windows and vents.
- Seal up cracks around roof soffits, windows, siding, and foundation.
- Clean out any debris around the foundation of the house.
- Trim back trees and bushes to keep all vegetation away from the perimeter of the home.
- Clean and repair the corners of fences, decorative rocks, old piles of wood, and patio furniture.
- Replace torn screens on windows and doors or install brand-new ones.
- Consider using low-pressure sodium exterior lighting, as UV rays attract these bugs.
How to Get Rid of Boxelder & Stink Bugs
If you already have an infestation in your property, it’s best to contact your local residential exterminator for assistance. The team at Loyal can help get rid of stink bugs and boxelder bugs as well as seal off your home from future invaders. Contact us today to learn more!
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