Boxelder bugs are easy to identify, as they are bright red or black in color, with narrow reddish lines on the back. They are about half an inch long and are usually found crawling on the outside walls of homes and other buildings
As temperature cools, Boxelder bugs get attracted to the warmth of indoors and move inside properties. Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance because they enter homes and other buildings, often in large numbers.
Fortunately, they do not bite people and are essentially harmless to property. When abundant, they can stain walls, curtains, and other surfaces with their excrement. Occasionally some may seek moisture and may be found around houseplants, although they rarely attack them. In the few cases when they do feed, Boxelder bugs are very unlikely to injure indoor plants
The best management of Boxelder bugs is by prevention; take steps to keep them from entering your home from the start. You can partly do this through exclusion by sealing, repairing and replacing any doors or windows with cracks that may become entry points for these bugs. Make any repairs by the end of August before the temperature starts cooling down.
If you are coming across many Boxelder bugs in your property, you may have to get rid of them by using an insecticide to take control of the situation to prevent them from moving indoors.
You can do this yourself by using Deltagard G Granules, this is a time released granule which will release slowly over a month or two providing both residual and repellent action.
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You can apply DeltaGard G as a broadcast treatment, perimeter treatment, spot treatment and on interior plantscapes. And, because moisture activates the granules, DeltaGard G is ideal when rain or irrigation is expected.
Perimeter treatments require only 2 to 3 pounds of granules per 1000 square feet applied as a 5 to 10 foot band around structures. Broadcast treatments require just 10 pounds of granules per 5000 square feet of surface area.
The small, dense particles are easy to spread with a hand-held or walk behind spreader and have virtually no odor or dust. They provide excellent penetration and coverage in thick mulch or thatch, placing more of the insecticide where it’s needed. The light brown color blends with most landscapes and will not stain surfaces yet provides enough contrast to monitor the treatment for even coverage and less waste.
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