A pest that becomes a problem in the fall is making its presence known this summer. But it's not as big of a nuisance as you may think. Heidi Wigdahl
(WBIR) A pest that becomes a problem in the fall is making its presence known this summer.
Boxelder bugs can normally be found in clusters. They typically gather on the sides of homes, sunning themselves.
David Pease lives in the Karns community; his garden holds boxelder bugs.
"They just kind of swarm all around all the raised beds and gather between the soil and the wood in the beds and they're just all over. They kind of just get in big masses," he said.
"They will gather in large numbers outside of the house but they're not actually making their way inside," said Brad Scott, a pest control technician with Dayton's Pest Control Service in West Knoxville.
According to Scott, Dayton's Pest Control Service has received several calls from people asking for treatment of the boxelder bugs.
"This time of year you really don't need a treatment for boxelder beetles or any other fall invaders. It would really be a waste of resources, really," Scott said.
Right now, the bugs are mating; their nymphs are also starting to appear.
Scott said homeowners will not have to worry about treatment options until August through October.
If they are swarming outside your home, Pease recommends an organic treatment.
"Spray them with a rubbing solution of 70% rubbing alcohol and 30% water," he said.
You can also use a vacuum to pick up the bugs.
For the most part, boxelder bugs are just a nuisance pest.
"They can harm the boxelder trees and some maples but it's really not that bad. They just seem like a problem because they're so many," Pease said.
Scott said, besides boxelder bugs, mosquitoes are also emerging for the summer in large amounts.