Spring’s Unwelcome Visitors: The Boxelder Bug and Asian Lady Beetle
With the emergence of spring comes the awakening of insect invaders, such as the Asian Lady Beetle and the Boxelder bug. While both cause little damage and harm to your home, that doesn't mean they are a welcome visitor.
If you took preventive measures in the form of a fall treatment, then you may be reaping the benefits now and happily missing their company. If not, then this is your heads up to make sure to put a note to schedule your fall treatment on your calendar for 2019!
Boxelder bugs are black with reddish or orange markings on their back. Adult Boxelder bugs emerge from hibernation in early Spring. If temperatures drop, you will find them looking to your home for shelter and warmth. Inside your home, Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance pest, however their fecal matter can cause a red stain on materials, and they can also produce a strong odor when squished.
Asian Lady Beetles are orange to yellow in color with brown or shiny black spots. The beetles can be a nuisance as they like to congregate on the sides of buildings for warmth. The Asian lady beetle is known to aggravate asthma and cause allergic reactions in some people. They also exude an oily yellow liquid when disturbed, and release an odor just before they die, so you may want to refrain from squishing these too.
For both Boxelder bugs and Asian Lady Beetles, you can use a vacuum to remove them, but it's best to dispose of the bag outdoors to prevent the insects from crawling back out into your home.
Contact us for more information and treatment options for now and in the Fall.