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The boxelder bug is a very common pest in Kansas, Missouri and throughout our service area. As adults, these pests are typically 1/2 an inch in length. They are black in color with red trimmed wings. The box elder tree is their primary food source, which is where their name originates, but they can also be found feeding on ash trees, maple trees, cherry trees and a variety of other seed-bearing plants. They eat by sucking sap from the leaves, shoots and seeds of the plant. Although boxelder bugs rarely cause significant damage, they become a nuisance pest when they winter in large numbers in homes, out buildings and other structures.
If you have boxelder, maple, or ash trees on or near your property, you are the likely mark for a boxelder bug infestation. In the spring and summer, the boxelder bug is not likely to become an indoor pest problem as they spend most of their time outside searching for food, but as the temperature starts to drop they begin looking for shelter to protect them from winter's harsh temperatures. These structural invaders typically like cracks and crevices, small spaces behind siding and other spots sheltered from the elements.
As a general rule, the boxelder bug is not dangerous, although they have been known to bite. Using the small mouth they have for extracting fluids from trees and plants when they feed, the bite should cause no more than a minor skin irritation. It is when the bugs congregate together to hibernate that they begin to cause problems in homes and buildings.
Boxelder bugs can be hard to eradicate. That's why our services includes the necessary products and follow up visits for one fee. Our treatment methods consist of the following:
Initial Service - Detailed inspection of the interior and exterior of your home, then a targeted treatment of all areas where activity is present. Each Initial Service includes the application of seven exclusive Pest Guard steps designed to rid your home of unwanted pests and keep them away.
Follow Up - Quarterly interior/exterior or exterior-only services will be scheduled as part of our annual Integrated Pest Management program. All Schendel Premium Care customers enjoy the benefit of our PestZero Guarantee. If pests return in between visits, Schendel returns for free.
Boxelder bugs are not a pest many people have success eradicating on their own. Beware when purchasing pesticides and other products online, as many are not effective. Pesticides can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.
At Schendel we are 100% committed to helping you ASAP. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
Schendel uses the least amount of material as possible while still resolving the problem. We utilize natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. All products are found to be effective and registered by the EPA and our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken.
We have standard pricing for all of our pest services, based on average size homes under 3500 square fee, and where the infestation does not require more than the standard number of services. We will always make you aware of any price changes before we start your service. Sign up for your FREE quote today and see how much you can save with Schendel.
Pest problems can be difficult to prevent. Many of our clients choose to continue service with us to keep pests out of their home. You can also check our Pest Prevention Tips for more ideas on how to keep pests out of your home throughout the year.
Schendel Pest Services provides residential and commercial pest control throughout a large region, including: Topeka, KS; Kansas City, KS; Lawrence, KS; Wichita, KS; Branson, MO; Kansas City, MO; Springfield, MO; Phoenix, AZ; Norman, OK; and Tulsa OK.
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