Here in Wisconsin, we are accustomed to seasonal pest problems. One of the most common ones we see in the fall months are boxelder bugs and stink bugs. These insects are primarily a nuisance, but they can be a problem when they make their way inside your home. During the short days we have during the fall months, these bugs will congregate on the sides of homes, particularly on the south- or west-facing walls. Both of these bugs emit a pungent odor when threatened—and you definitely don’t want your home smelling like them. Read on to learn all about the boxelder bug and stink bug, including tips to prevent them.
Fall Invaders in Wisconsin
Both boxelder bugs and stink bugs will take advantage of any available crack and crevice in your home’s exterior to gain access to the warmth of your home. Adult stink and boxelder bugs will search for cracks and holes in walls, in window trim and molding, and in your foundation. Both of these pests can multiply and feed at a rapid rate. Here’s how to identify these fall invaders:
- Boxelder bug: These insects have dark brown bodies with unique red markings. They emerge out of hibernation in the springtime. True to their name, they live in boxelder trees as well as maple, ash, and fruit trees. Their feces can leave a stain.
- Stink bug: Their backs look like shields, and they can blend easily within foliage. If threatened, these bugs release an odor. There are two main types we see in the states: the green stink bug and brown marmorated stink bug.
Tips to Prevent Stink Bugs & Boxelder Bugs
To avoid dealing with these odorous insects inside your home, it’s important to make your property less attractive to them. Some basic but tried-and-true prevention methods include:
- Cleaning out any debris around the foundation of the house.
- Trimming back trees and bushes to keep all vegetation away from the perimeter of the home.
- Cleaning and repairing the corners of fences, decorative rocks, old piles of wood, and patio furniture.
- Replacing torn screens on windows and doors.
- Checking the caulk around the molding of the windows and vents.
- Repairing any cracks in stucco and bricks.
- Sealing up cracks around roof soffits, windows, siding, and foundation.
- Considering using low-pressure sodium exterior lighting, as UV rays attract the insects.
Getting Rid of Stink Bugs & Boxelder Bugs
Already have an infestation in your home? If these fall invaders have made themselves at home in your Wisconsin property, the team at Batzner can help. Our residential exterminators will work to remove all current pests and prevent future ones from getting inside. Contact our team today!