Boxelder bugs are one of the most common pests in Utah. These black and red insects are often seen in large numbers on trees, buildings, and other objects. While they are harmless to humans, they can cause extensive damage to crops and gardens. Read on to learn more about boxelder bugs and how to manage them.
What Are Boxelder Bugs?
Boxelder bugs are black and red insects that measure about 1/2 inch long. They have wings and can fly short distances. Both adult and nymph boxelder bugs feed on plants by sucking the sap. This feeding can damage the plant, leading to wilting and yellowing leaves. In extreme cases, heavy infestations can kill plants entirely.
Boxelder bugs are most commonly found on trees, especially female boxelder trees. However, they will also feed on other plants, such as fruits, vegetables, and flowers. When boxelder bugs are not feeding, they can rest on trees, buildings, stones, and other objects in sunny areas.
What Season Are Boxelder Bugs Active?
Boxelder bugs are typically active from early spring through late fall. In Utah, they are most commonly seen in late May or early June. During the winter months, boxelder bugs will seek warm places to overwinter. This can include cracks in buildings or inside homes.
How Can I Manage Boxelder Bugs?
The best way to manage boxelder bugs is to prevent them from accessing your home or garden in the first place. Start by sealing any cracks or gaps around the exterior of your home with caulk or another sealant material. You should inspect screens and windows for holes or tears and repair them as needed.
To keep boxelder bugs away from your garden, you can try planting basil, catnip, mint, or sage around the perimeter of your garden plot. These plants give off strong scents that deter box elder bugs (and other pests). You can also try using row or floating row covers to protect your plants from infestation.
If you already have a box elder bug problem, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them.
First, try vacuuming them and dispose of the bag immediately (outside). You can also use a soap-and-water solution to kill them on contact. Be sure to target both adults and nymphs for best results. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a pest control professional for assistance.
Box elder bugs are common pests in Utah that can cause damage to crops and gardens if left unchecked. To prevent an infestation, start by sealing any cracks or gaps around your home’s exterior and inspecting screens and windows for holes or tears.
You can also keep box elder bugs away from your garden by planting certain herbs around its perimeter or using row or floating row covers to protect your plants from infestation.
The best way to manage them is by vacuuming them with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a hose attachment Or using a soap-and-water solution.
Call a professional pest control company for assistance if you are experiencing a box elder bug infestation. They can help you eliminate these pests using safe and effective methods.
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