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The Truth About The Boxelder Bug

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Why are so many of us afraid of bugs? Is the fear of the unknown or the concern of insects bites? Maybe a fear of the possibility of an allergic reaction to a bite?

No one really knows for sure, but what we do know is that the fear of bugs is common. Take, for example, the Boxelder bug. The Boxelder is a black bug with colorful red accents and is about a half of an inch in length. They are extremely easy to spot because of their bright colors, but there is nothing to be afraid of. These insects do not bite and they do not eat anything in your home! 

Boxelder bugs live in large groups that can have hundreds of bugs per group. The Boxelder bug is primarily found around their food of choice, seeds from a maple tree. You can find them crawling on the outside walls of your home and even on your bricks. The Boxelder can find its way into your home through holes in your window and doors screens and cracks in the siding of your walls. Having Boxelder bugs in your house can be nettlesome, but there is nothing to fear. 

The best way to get rid of Boxelder bugs is to try a vacuum. Vacuum up the bugs is hassle-free and is quick and efficient. You can also take some precautionary measures to prevent your home from an invasion of Boxelders. Remove all debris from around the house, under shrubs and any other hiding places such as under rocks, in wood piles, and in leaves. This will ensure that there will be no places for the Boxelder to hide. Seldom are chemicals recommended for control of the boxelder, and most companies will simply tell you to leave the Boxelder alone. After all, they aren't harmful, but they can be a nuisance at times! If the infestation is too much for you to handle on your own, give us a call today! 

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