Wintertime Pest: A Look at Boxelder Bugs in Arkansas

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
We are on the verge of winter, which means that those heaters will be cranked up in our households, drawing us in from the cold. Unfortunately, pesky little critters like to make room for their family and friends where the warmth is, which can infringe on overall comfort in the home.  There are many types of pests who invade homes during winter in Arkansas. A common one is the boxelder bug. During the hot season, the half-inch-long insects live on box elder trees and eat seeds. But when the weather cools off, they move inside for protection from the elements. As the temperature dips, these pests disappear under the siding of homes or into cracks and crevices and manage to find their way into wall voids. And this year, you’ll be seeing a lot more of these little bugs with distinct red markings on their wings. Why? You can thank our hot, dry summer. These bugs have some serious skills when it comes to getting inside and with a big population this season, your nuisance level will probably skyrocket. Here are few tips to keep in mind with boxelder bugs this winter: If crushed, they will produce a purple or red stain, so don’t use your shoe or squash them on your nice white carpet It is recommended to vacuum boxelder bugs and dump them outside Caulking cracks and crevices and even around window frames can help curb their numbers If you need a little more firepower, a product containing carbaryl is recommended; insecticidal soap can also work, but should be used every other day or everyday Because these bugs are coldblooded, they can’t move when the thermometer reaches below 50 degrees and at lower temps, they even go dormant. But on mild winter days, you will find them near windows looking for light and heat. To keep these critters at bay, the professionals at Legacy termites know exactly how to take care of boxelder bugs and all your household pests that can become a problem. Call the staff at 501-455-5284 to see how they can help.

Schedule a FREE Evaluation Today

A free evaluation from Legacy Termite and Pest Control could save you thousands of dollars in later repair costs by catching damage early.

Your name is required.

Enter a valid email.

Enter a valid phone number.

SERVICE AREAS

  • Little Rock
  • North Little Rock
  • Benton/Bryant
  • Cabot
  • Malvern
  • Arkadelphia
  • Conway
  • Hot Springs
  • Searcy
  • Heber Springs

About Legacy

Welcome to Legacy Termite and Pest Control. We are a family owned, locally operated company which is committed to service excellence. Our expertise comes from a combined 75 years of experience in the field of termite and pest control. Our owners’ literally grew up in the industry. Our heritage regarding termite and pest control dates back to 1938 and include some of the state and nationally recognized pioneers in our industry. What set us apart in 1938 is the same thing that sets us apart today, and that is our commitment to superior service. Our Legacy is that you always come first.

Latest Helpful Articles Browse All >

Mosquitoes: Home Remedy Tips to Avoid Them

Patience. Discipline. Control of our faculties. We humans like to lay claim to each of these "virtues." Mosquitoes, however, are God's...

Read More

Dealing with Summer Pests

Pests earn their name all year, perhaps no more so than in the summer. Humans spend more time outside in the summer months and our exposure to the bugs,...

Read More
Legacy Termite and Pest Control, Inc.
7701 Cantrell Road
Little Rock, AR, 72227
(501) 225-1453
custserv@legacytermiteandpest.com
2101 Pine Street
Arkadelphia, AR, 71923
(870) 245-5666
311 W. Pleasure Street, Ste. 6
Searcy, AR, 72143
(501) 305-3110
600 Main Street, Suite T
Hot Springs, AR, 71913
(501) 624-2211
5307 J.F.K. Blvd
North Little Rock, AR 72116
(501) 753-4567

Affiliations

National Pest Management Association
Arkansas Pest Management Assoication