How do you get rid of boxelder beetles?


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Use a multi-step procedure to control boxelder beetles by removing any bugs found inside the home, closing any access points and removing any female boxelders from the landscape. The amount of time it takes to complete the process depends on the home's condition and the number of trees being treated.

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How do you get rid of boxelder beetles?
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  1. Remove the bugs

    Use a vacuum to capture any bugs inside the house. Use a broom to sweep any bugs from the outside walls. Place captured beetles in a container containing soap and water, which will cause them to drown. Dispose of the dead bugs in the garbage so they do not attract carpet beetles that attack natural fibers.

  2. Seal all cracks and crevices

    Repair any gaps that give the beetles access to the home. Use a good quality silicon-latex caulk to seal any cracks or holes in the siding of the home. Pay careful attention to the areas around pipes and fireplaces. Seal any openings in fascia boards or trim. Replace or repair damaged screens and broken glass, and ensure that all outside doors close tightly.

  3. Remove any female boxelders

    Boxelder beetles feed on the female boxelder tree and move into nearby homes for protection as the temperatures drop. Permanently eliminate this pest problem by removing these trees from the landscape and replacing them with trees that do not attract the pests.

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