Are Boxelder Bugs and Stink Bugs Dangerous?
During the fall months, two insects are infamous for making their presence known in the North and East Bay Areas: boxelder bugs and stink bugs. These insects are known 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 preventing boxelder bugs and stink bugs.
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. Here’s how to make your home less attractive to boxelder bugs and stink bugs:
- Clean up your front and back yard, and remove all excess debris and woodpiles to eliminate their hiding spots.
- Seal all cracks and crevices around your property and ensure there are no cracks in your roof.
- Install tight-fitting screens on doors and windows, or make any necessary repairs to existing ones.
- 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.
Preventing Boxelder Bugs and Stink Bugs in California
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. Contact our residential pest control experts today to learn more!