Boxelder Bug Extermination Services in Colorado

Boxelder bugs are more of a nuisance bug than anything else. They are named for the boxelder trees that they traditionally live in. These red and black bugs can quickly grow in number and infest your home. Contact Colorado Pest Pros to get rid of your boxelder bugs today.

How to Control Boxelder Bug

These bugs are common in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas. They live in Boxelder maple trees, hibernate in the winter, and sneak into the house through cracks. Keep cracks sealed, and relocate any boxelder trees you may have on your property.

The Boxelder Bug Extermination 3-Step Process

  1. Identification of species. Once the pest professional has identified the species of ant, they will know the best way to treat your infestation.
  2. Evaluation of the infestation. The pest professional will find the nests and evaluate home factors such as pets and children to determine the safest manner of extermination.
  3. Treatment. Once all the factors are evaluated, appropriate treatment will be applied.

Boxelder Bugs: Did You Know?

  • Boxelder bugs are known to congregate in large numbers near their host trees.
  • They are drawn to sunlight and sunny sides of the building.
  • They can cause damage to any fruit you might be growing.
  • They are known as stink bugs because when they are squashed, they emit an odor.
  • Their preferred host trees are boxelder maple trees and boxelder ash trees.
  • Their infestation can seem to come on suddenly as once they come out of hibernation, their numbers seem to grow quite quickly.
  • They tend to hibernate behind siding and inside of the walls of your home during the winter. However, they have been known to come out into the open if your home is kept very warm.

There are over 700 different types of ants. In Colorado, there are three main species found in the home: Pavement ants, Sugar ants, and Carpenter ants. Pavement ants are no more than a nuisance. Sugar ants will keep coming back to where they have found food before. Sugar ants also bite. Carpenter ants are capable of causing the most trouble.

The lifecycle goes through four stages during which they experience complete metamorphosis from egg to pupa, to larva, to the insect stage. Queen ants have been known to live up to 30 years.

Ants, in general, are easily identifiable by the three sections of their bodies: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen in addition to their antennae. They can be small or large and most are either brown or black in color. They will eat almost anything, but they are primarily drawn to sweets.

Ants are very social. They live in colonies where they work together to gather food and care for their young in an organized manner. There is actually a caste system of Queens, reproductive males, and nonreproductive females who serve as the workers and soldiers.