Boxelder Bugs (Maple Bugs) Invade Homes in Fall

 


Article by: Jack DeAngelis

Boxelder bugs, sometimes called maple bugs, are relatively large insects, about 1/2" long, dark gray in color , Wedding Flowers with red markings on their backs. The bugs are harmless. What makes them remarkable is their tendency to congregate on certain houses , Growing Orchids as Plants in the fall , Create a Hummingbird Garden Habitat of the year, often in enormous numbers. It truly seems like an invasion -- especially the first time it happens.

Here's what's going on. Boxelder bugs (see a color , 'Northern Encore' Tree Rose image at www.LivingWithBugs.com/boxelder.html) have one generation a year. Eggs are laid in early summer , Winterberry Holly 'Winter Red' on maple trees , Natural Pond Filters - Let Nature Do the Hard Work! (boxelder is a type of maple).Eggs hatch and the young nymphs feed on maple tree , Palm s leaves during the summer. , Suet Facts and Tips They do no apparent harm to the trees. , Lawn Mower Safety The insects reach adulthood in fall , Winterberry Holly 'Winter Red' and can fly. Adults abandon the trees , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond on which they developed in search of a place , An Introduction To Vinyl Fences to "overwinter". Many insects overwinter. It is not really a state of hibernation, or diapause, but rather simply an inactive stage brought on by low temperature. , Suet Facts and Tips Once warmed the insects resume activity. Insects seek protected places , Hedge Trimmers Are Tools Not Toys in which to overwinter.

Fall migrating boxelder bugs are attracted to large trees , Edgeworthia Chrysantha with dense, evergreen foliage like cedars. Trees , Discount Garden Benches with deeply fissured bark also are selected. Both must appear to be good overwintering sites. A single large tree , Natural Pond Filters - Let Nature Do the Hard Work! might attract hundreds, or thousands, of boxelder bugs from the surrounding area. These bugs are strong fliers so may travel miles from the maple tree , Rosemary on which they developed. We now have a large tree , Wood Fences with perhaps thousands of overwintering boxelder bugs -- so far so good.

Let's put this tree, , Natural Pond Filters - Let Nature Do the Hard Work! full of bugs, near the sunny, southwest side of a house. , Revolutionary New Pond Combines Both Preformed Pond with Watercourse When the house , Hedge Trimmers Are Tools Not Toys siding heats , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond up during the day all of a sudden the nice warm house , Durable Wooden Swing - Decorate Your Outdoors with One seems like a better place , Wedding Flowers to overwinter than the tree. , Gardening Tips for Early - Mid July Presto, the bugs move en mass to the house. , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration Imagine, a thousand, or more (seems like millions!), 1/2" bugs congregating on the outside , Durable Wooden Swing - Decorate Your Outdoors with One of your house, , Building Liner Ponds around doors, , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond windows , An Introduction To Vinyl Fences and on siding. This actually happens to many people each fall, , Hedge Trimmers Are Tools Not Toys year after year.

What to do. First realize that these bugs are harmless. They don't bite or sting, won't hurt your house , Koi Pond Aeration nor will they set up permanent residence. But even people who know all this freak out when confronted with all these bugs. Here are some suggestions. The most important thing is to prevent the bugs from getting indoors. , Revolutionary New Pond Combines Both Preformed Pond with Watercourse If they do gain entry they will likely be around until spring. , Have Year Round Color by Planting for Birds Repair window , Basic Swimming Pool Water Chemistry screens, caulk cracks around window , Wedding Flowers and door , Revolutionary New Pond Combines Both Preformed Pond with Watercourse frames and screen soffit vents.

Next, wash down aggregating masses of bugs with water , 'Northern Encore' Tree Rose spray from a garden , Have Year Round Color by Planting for Birds hose then clean the siding with soapy water , Soil, Drainage, and from a hose-end sprayer. A weak solution of laundry , Winterberry Holly 'Winter Red' detergent is fine for this application. There is some evidence that washing the siding helps to discourage other bugs from congregating. Don't use insecticidal sprays. Insecticides don't work well on these semi-dormant insects and can be messy and dangerous. You may need to repeat this procedure every few days until the number of new bugs starts to drop.

On occasion large numbers of bugs will get into the attic or exterior wall , Lawn Mower Safety voids of a house. , Edgeworthia Chrysantha Again, these insects cause no real harm but may be a nuisance. They will find a way into the home's interior , Durable Wooden Swing - Decorate Your Outdoors with One on warm winter , Building Liner Ponds days -- probably the day of your dinner party. In this case it may be necessary to treat the attic and walls , Care Tips for Planting and Growing Orchids Inside Your House with insecticidal dust. Bugs found crawling around indoors , Natural Pond Filters - Let Nature Do the Hard Work! should be removed with a vacuum cleaner. Don't reach for the can of insecticide!

You may have concluded that the solution to this invasion problem is to remove the big tree. , 'Northern Encore' Rose Sometimes this works but sometimes it does not. Sometimes the big tree , Halfway Through Summer - Are We Having Fun Yet is in your neighbor's yard. , Edgeworthia Chrysantha Good luck!

Find related information , Wedding Flowers at www.LivingWithBugs.com. Information , Japanese Garden Lights Bring Tranquillity to your Garden and Peace to your Body and Mind about insecticidal dusts can be found at www.LivingWithBugs.com/use_dust.html

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Jack DeAngelis, PhD
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