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It’s Box Elder Bug Season – What NJ Homeowners Need to Know

What You Need to Know about Box Elder Bugs.
What You Need to Know about Box Elder Bugs.

As summer ends and fall arrives, box elder bugs become more active. These outdoor pests are ones that you might need NJ pest control services for if they become a nuisance, so it’s best to learn more about them.

Box Elder Bug Appearance

You can tell that you have box elder bugs if you see insects that are black and have orange or red markings covering their back. Box elder bugs grow to be about a half-inch long as adults, and they have a long, thin body shape.

Box Elder Bug Behavior

Box elder bugs tend to gather in large groups where it’s warm, such as in trees or sunny parts of building exteriors. They typically gather when they’re looking for a place to spend the winter months. When they find a suitable spot, they travel to it as a group and remain there throughout the winter.

Box Elder Bug Diet

Box elder bugs often feed on box elder trees, which is where they get their name from. They also lay eggs in these trees during the summer. Their diet mainly consists of developing leaves and seeds, which can affect the appearance of the trees they feed on. They also eat fruits from apple trees and other fruit trees.

If you have box elder bugs in your home, please contact Allison Pest Control to learn more about our NJ pest control services.

Late Summer – Box Elder Bugs Look to Move In With You to Stay Warm

The Box Elder Bug
The Box Elder Bug

As temperatures cool off in the fall, some types of bugs look for warm places to stay during the winter months. Box elder bugs are one of the species that want to share your home in cold weather. Knowing more about these bugs can help you prevent them from coming into your home.

• Box elder bugs are about half an inch long and have distinctive markings, which are orange or reddish and easy to see on their black bodies. They are winged insects that are usually seen in the fall months.

Box elder bugs spend most of their summers in trees where they forage for seeds and other types of vegetation. When the weather starts getting cooler, they tend to leave the trees and look for a place to spend the winter. These bugs prefer homes and other buildings that get a lot of sun exposure, such as those that face south or west.

• Box elder bugs get into homes by squeezing through cracks, crevices, and any other small openings they can find. You can keep them out by sealing these access points, especially around windows and doors.

If you have box elder bugs in your home, contact Allison Pest Control. Having a Freehold exterminator deal with any you find in your home will eliminate these pests and prevent them from returning. Our Freehold exterminator can rid your home of box elder bugs.

Scientists Believe Global Warning Has Brought An Increase In Plant Eating Insects

The summer of 2011 brought about numerous complaints by New Jersey residents to many pest control companies throughout New Jersey about an increase of insects eating more than their normal share of a variety of outdoor plants.  Notwithstanding the voracious appetite of the pesky stink bugs that have taken over the eastern seaboard in recent years, and have damaged farmer’s crops and homeowners gardens, many residents have noticed an increase of other plant-eating insects in their gardens.  Many home gardens that were normally bursting with fruits and vegetables were hit hard by unwelcome invaders this past year report NJ pest control professionals.

Through extensive research, it is the belief of some scientists that the continuing warming of the earth is contributing to the increase in plant-eating insects.  Researchers do not believe that the plants have become tastier to insects, but they do believe that insects have a greater appetite and have become more destructive in recent years.  Planetsave reported back on February 11, 2008 that scientists from Pennsylvania State University and the Smithsonian Institution believe that “when temperature increases, the diversity of insect feeding damage on plant species also increases.”  Additionally, the study’s lead author and researcher said “our study convincingly shows that there is a link between temperature and insect feeding on leaves.” You may read the article here.

Keeping the interior and exterior of your home free from all types of unwelcome pests is easy when you hire a New Jersey pest control expert.  Allison Pest Control will be able to blanket your property with a barrier pest control treatment to keep unwanted pests out so that your gardens will grow as expected.  We provide fast and professional service to residences and businesses in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.  Call us today for a free estimate and pest evaluation.

Winterize Your Home Against Unwanted Pests

Many of the insects that have been enjoying the delightful sunny warm spring and summer months in the great outdoors are now desperate to seek shelter.  Their natural instincts direct them to find a warm place to spend the cold winter months.  If they don’t, they will soon perish as the cold begins to settle upon New Jersey.  The trick for NJ homeowners is to keep these unwanted creepy crawlers out so that an infestation cannot occur within wall voids, attics, under floors, in cabinets, behind baseboards, and in dark out of the way spots that pests love to hide in.

Warmth seeking pests can easily find their way into the slimmest of cracks or open spaces.  You could spend a pretty penny on the finest insulated windows, but they won’t protect you from unwanted insects if they are not caulked properly on the inside and the outside of your home.  When thinking about safeguarding your home against insect intruders, you should look on your hands and knees at each entry door of your home.  If you see daylight through the opening, then you should install a door sweep and weather stripping to help close up the gaps that will allow pests inside.

Once they gain access, you will often times find box elder bugs, stink bugs, lady bugs, and other insects basking in the sun on walls throughout your New Jersey home or business until springtime arrives once again.  If you have noticed an abundance of insects crawling on the exterior of your NJ home, there is a good chance that they will gain entry inside without the application of a residual insecticide applied by a pest control professional.

Winterizing your New Jersey home is definitely important, but so is having a good New Jersey pest control program in place to help guard against unwanted intruders.  Contact Allison Pest Control for fast service of perimeter home protection against household, nuisance, and problem insects.  Give us a call today to see how we can help you!