Box Elder Bug Control

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Box Elder Bug Facts

Box elder bugs make their homes in box elder, maple, and ash trees where they feed and reproduce on the leaves and bark throughout the spring and summer. As the seasons change and temperatures outside begin to cool box elder bugs like to migrate into peoples homes to stay warm during the cold winter months. Though they do not cause structural damage to the home, their droppings are unsightly and can leave stains on furniture and linens.

Boxelder bugs sneaking into home

Box Elder Bug Treatment

The most straight forward way to prevent box elder bugs from gathering near your home is to remove the box elder, maple, or ash trees that the insects are attracted to. This however isn’t always an option and may not be desirable as these trees bring welcome shade and attractive foliage to the area. So long as these trees remain they will attract box elder bugs which means the next line of defense is to manage pest control on your home. By identifying and sealing entry points and treating areas where box elder bugs gather it is possible to prevent them from entering your home and resting indoors during the winter. If you would like to prevent box elder bugs or are seeing an increase in activity as the seasons change it is time to set up a free inspection and have a Fast Action Pest technician manage the situation.

Box Elder Bug Prevention

You can prevent box elder bugs from invading your home by using a number of methods:
  • Remove box elder, maple, or ash trees from the surrounding area.
  • Seal cracks and crevices where insects can maneuver and linger through winter.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair screens on vents and windows.
Box Elder Bugs enter through crack
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