The Basics of the Box Elder Bug

Cooler temperatures and falling leaves mean that some insects will be more prominent, and possibly looking for a place to hide in your home over the winter. One such insect is the Box Elder Bug.

Box elder Bugs inherited their name by their preferred food source, the Box elder Tree. But, you can also find them feeding on the sap and seeds of other trees such as Maple, Ash and some other fruit trees. Their damage to trees is typically minor, they do not bite, and they also do not carry any diseases. They do, although, have the capability to leave behind “waste stains” where they have been. With all of that said, you may still consider them a nuisance when you find them covering the sunny side of your home.

Box Elder Bugs are pretty easy to spot. They are about a ½” long and have a black body with red markings on their wings. The bugs are most noticeable during the months of September and October, and especially during dry spells. During that time, Box elder Bugs can be found congregating in large numbers on the southern sunny and warm side of buildings, trees and rocks. Once the cooler temperatures of winter begin to set in, they will find their way inside of homes to find a protective place to overwinter.

To prevent Box Elder Bugs from making a home in your residence:

  • Seal off any cracks or crevices in walls, foundations and around pipes
  • Check for loose vents or entry by exhaust fans
  • Repair any torn window screens or door gaps

If the problem becomes too much to handle, it may be best to call a licensed Pest Management professional to assist.

Safeway Pest Management is a licensed pest management company servicing southern, central and north central Wisconsin and portions of northern Illinois. Our technicians are knowledgeable in the inspection, prevention and treatment of Box elder Bugs.

Give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net

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