What are Boxelder bugs?
ARE BOXELDER BUGS DANGEROUS?Boxelder bugs, although a major nuisance, are not dangerous. They do not sting nor do they transmit disease. Very rarely are they known to bite and when they do, it is only out of defense. Boxelder bugs do not cause damage to homes nor do they significantly damage plants. However, their feces, if left over time, can stain light colored surfaces and when smashed, they can release an unpleasant odor. They feed on box elder trees as well as fruits but do not damage the trees more than slightly discoloring their leaves because of the feces they leave behind.
WHY DO I HAVE A BOXELDER BUG PROBLEM?Box Elder bugs are known to congregate in areas where the sun shines on surfaces. They also feed on certain trees such as the Maple and Box Elder trees. Leaf debris is also a well-known source for Box Elder bugs.
HOW DO I GET RID OF BOXELDER BUGS?Prevention is the number one way to control Box Elder bugs. This would include sealing cracks and crevices, checking attic and crawlspace vents, cleaning up leaf and plant debris, and chemically treating areas of the congregation because of heat from the sun. If the inside is already infested, professional services are recommended to inspect and diagnose the problem accurately. Let us know if you experience these issues. Our service technicians are willing and ready to eliminate pests for you.
Q: Why do I have box elder bugs around my home?
A: A common reason to see these pests crawling around your home is because of the environment they are attracted to. This would include certain trees, leaf debris, and warm sunny spots in your yard.
Q: How can I prevent box elder bugs on my property?
A: These bugs are attracted to specific species of plants, and getting rid of those plants in most cases is out of the question. However, clean up of the debris from these plants and chemically treating areas they congregate in is recommended.
Q: Why am I seeing box elder bugs inside my house?
A: Usually these bugs are getting in through cracks and crevices from the exterior into the inside of the home. These areas could be cracks in the foundation or siding, windows, and doors.