Box Elder Bugs Becoming Active In Longmont
February 24, 2017
Spring is almost here! It’s just a matter of time and the overwintering insects will be coming out of the woodwork in droves. All winter long, sight unseen, these little pests have been harbored away in your walls and ceiling. The warmth of spring will cause them to move around and again become a nuisance in residential homes. One such type of pest that has been overwintering in your Longmont, Colorado home, could be the box elder bug!
You may want to know more about them, so you can make an informed decision on how to eradicate them. They are not a dangerous insect. They do not bite or sting, and they do not carry diseases. However, they are a big nuisance though, especially during the spring and fall inside your home. A box elder infestation is usually large in number as they reproduce rapidly. They can leave feces on fabric, walls, and furniture, which can cause stains and be damaging. The adult box elder bugs overwinter in homes and outbuildings where they have found a little more warmth than the outdoors. In the summertime, they usually keep to the outdoors.
Box elder bugs are not hard to identify as they have some very specific characteristics. The adults are about ½ in length, are black and have red or orange markings. They have 3 stripes on their prothorax, which is behind their head. They have flat overlapping wings that cover their bodies. Nymphs that are just hatched are 1/16” and a bright red color.
Some people have thought that removing all box elder trees (and possibly some maple and ash as well) from the area surrounding a home might be a possible solution to prevent box elder bugs, however, it is not always desirable or practical to do so. The best solution for a box elder bug infestation is by calling a professional pest control service, like EnviroPest, that provides service in the Longmont, Colorado area.
EnviroPest has a home pest control program that targets common pests in your home, including the box elder bug. We value our customers and are dedicated to them. We can usually provide service the same or next day that you contact us.
Due to the changing seasons and variety of pests will infest your home, your best bet is to invest in a year-round pest control service that can control pests all year long. That way you will never have to worry or stress over what type of infestation will come up during each season. You could be pest free all year!
EnviroPest is a family owned business, that has been a leading pest control service in Colorado for over 50 years. We have certified technicians that use the most effective and efficient solutions possible. Give us a call today to learn more about the pest control programs that we offer.