Plymouth , Michigan (PressExposure) May 24, 2011 -- Keith Paul reaches out to his listeners to learn solutions for getting rid of those pesky bugs that coat the siding of homes in the spring and fall HandyPro Handyman Services Farmington Hills owner, Keith Paul, recently addressed problems with box elder bugs on his live home improvement radio show, "It's Your Home, Let's Talk About It." Listeners can call in for advice from the handyman or offer some of their own tips which Paul passes on to his customers.
Keith Paul recently began experiencing this very same problem when he moved into a country area. Since he did not know how to solve this issue, he decided to address it on his live radio show and reach out to his listeners for advice.
The Farmington Hills handyman was surprised to learn how many other residents have box elder bug problems. Since Keith is known in the Farmington Hills area as the friendly neighborhood handyman who always provides reliable home repair service and tips to his customers, many were happy to call in and offer tips.
Here is what Keith Paul learned about box elder bugs:
Even though they are a nuisance, they are considered safe and do not pose a health risk. Here are 5 tips that Keith learned from his loyal listeners:
Try using dish soap containing a degreaser. This will stick to their wings and prevent them from flying. Within a day or two, there should be fewer bugs.
There are insecticides made for elder bugs that will work, but Keith Paul prefers a non-chemical approach. Paul recommends using the product exactly as directed and avoiding over-spray that can be dangerous.
Using a Shop Vac is helpful, but it was suggested to take the bugs out of the vacuum and dump them into a garbage bag, then stomp them. The listeners, radio co-host, Kevin, and Paul shared a good laugh over this tip.
Remove any nearby female box elder and Acer Saccharinum trees (silver maples), as this is where they live except in winter. This should be a last resort, as Paul believes the more trees we have, the better we leave our planet for our children.
Caulk or cover any open crevices around windows, siding and eaves. Carefully search for exposed rotting wood, which can allow them to tunnel into the home. Extra large cracks can be filled with a Caulk Back Rod or, as the exterminators suggested on air, a piece of blue furnace filter, prior to caulking.
Keith Paul is a State of Michigan Licensed Builder and President and founder of HandyPro Handyman Services, a nationally franchised company that specializes in home repair and home improvement solutions for residents and business owners. For more great home repair tips listen to Keith Paul on "It's Your Home, Let's Talk About It," every Saturday morning at 11am on WAAM Talk 1600. Visit http://www.handymanservicesfarmingtonhills.com/ to learn more.
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