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Treating and Controlling Boxelder Swarms

Boxelder bugs can alarm homeowners by their sudden swarming in the spring or fall, sometimes temporarily overrunning a house. Boxelder bugs are familiar to most people, identifiable by their black bodies and orange or red markings on their backs, including three distinctive stripes right behind the head. Boxelders feed almost exclusively on the seeds of different species of maple, especially the box elder tree, from which they take their name. Usually, they make their home on or very near a box elder or maple tree. They can frequently be seen in large concentrations called “aggregations” while sunning themselves near their home tree. For effective boxelder bug treatment, call Creature Control.

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Boxelder Invasion

Boxelders become a nuisance when they invade homes, usually in the fall and the spring. They are initially attracted to houses by the prospect of sunning themselves on the warm siding of a house, especially those that get a lot of sun exposure. Once boxelders have identified an area as ideal for sunning, they can invade the home through any number of cracks and crevices. A common point of entry is between the threshold and the weather-seal of a doorway. They may overwinter in a house, lying dormant behind walls or siding until warmer weather comes, at which point they will emerge in search of food and water.

Once active in a home, boxelders will try to get to windows and other sunny areas. They will eventually try to find their way outside again, but most will end up wandering around inside the house, unable to find a way out. Though boxelders pose no risk to humans or plant life in the home, their presence can be unnerving, especially since so many of them can descend upon a home at one time, giving the feeling of truly being invaded by boxelders.

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Controlling Boxelder Bugs

Our trained, certified technicians will accurately assess your pest infestation and create a plan to eradicate boxelder bugs. One method we use to control boxelders is to treat the perimeter and the surface areas on or around the home to prevent them from congregating. We can also spot treat the interior of the house to deal with any boxelders already present indoors. It’s important to remember that despite the potential presence of a large number of boxelders in the home, they do not breed or nest inside and pose no danger to human health or property. Call Creature Control for a pest management solution customized to meet your needs and budget.

Spraying or removing the seed-bearing box elder trees in your yard is not a practical solution for boxelder bug management because the adults can fly up to a couple of miles for food. Box elder trees, as well as maple and ash, are a common resource for the boxelder bug. In our opinion, the benefits of having these trees in a landscape outweigh the problem of occasional infestations. Remember that although you may encounter large numbers of boxelder bugs in a given year, they are not automatically abundant every season.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.