Are Boxelder Bugs and Stink Bugs Dangerous?
Every fall, two insects in particular make their presence known in the North and East Bay Areas: boxelder bugs and stink bugs. These pests are infamous for invading homes in the fall as they look for places to overwinter. Both of these odorous bugs can find their way into unprotected homes unnoticed, which is why so many people deal with infestations during this time of the year. To avoid the frustration of a fall pest invasion, read on to learn some of The Hitmen’s top tips for protecting your property.
What are Boxelder Bugs and Stink Bugs?
Boxelder bugs and stink bugs are both known to be odorous insects, but their similarities stop there. Stink bugs are gray-brown insects with a triangular-shaped plate on their backs. True to their name, stink bugs emit a foul smell when they’re crushed. They aren’t typically harmful and will not bite or attack humans. Boxelder bugs are commonly found in boxelder trees as well as ash trees. Their red markings on their black bodies may appear alarming, but boxelder bugs aren’t aggressive and will only bite if they feel threatened. During the fall, boxelder bugs congregate in large numbers on the sides of buildings or wherever the sun hits.
How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs and Boxelder Bugs
The best way to get rid of these bugs is to prevent their chances of entering your home in the first place. There are a number of things you can do to protect your property:
- Clean up your front and back yard, and remove all excess debris and wood piles to eliminate their hiding spots.
- Seal all cracks and crevices around your property, ensure door and window screens fit snugly, and ensure there are no cracks in your roof.
- Prevent moisture problems in the building by addressing any leaky pipes or faucets.
- Make sure your home is clean and tidy by keeping food stored properly and cleaning up messes.
Keeping Your Home Safe From Boxelder Bugs and Stink Bugs
Because these insects can seemingly appear out of nowhere inside or outside your home, it’s important to know what you need to do to prevent them from getting inside. If you’ve done all the aforementioned steps to eliminate these pests and they’ve still made their way indoors, it’s best to call a professional. The experts at The Hitmen know how pesky boxelder bugs and stink bugs can be, which is why we’re dedicated to keeping your North and East Bay Area property protected from them.