Box Elder Bugs

What Is A Box Elder Bug?

Adult box elder bugs are about ½ inch long with flat wings that lay across their back.  They are typically black with distinctive red markings.  Their name comes from one of the main stays of their diet, the Box Elder tree. Box elder bugs also feed on Ash trees, Maple trees, Cherry trees as well as a variety of other seed-bearing plants.  

Why Do I Have Them?

Box elder bugs invade homes in large numbers in the late summer and early autumn searching for a place to overwinter. They like warmer conditions and are more likely to invade homes and buildings that get a fair amount of sun.  They typically remain active until cold weather sends them searching for cracks, crevices and other sheltered areas inside and will stay there until milder weather returns.  

Are They Dangerous?

Box elder bugs are harmless insects that won’t bite people nor do they cause severe damage to property.  When found in large numbers, however, they are considered nuisance pests and may stain walls and other areas with their excrement.  

How Do I Get Rid Of Box elder Bugs?

Box elder bugs are challenging to control because of their natural proclivity to hide.  It is highly recommended that the services of a pest control company are used.

Can I Do It Myself?

Do-It-Yourself box elder treatments and products are not usually effective and may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Box elder bugs are difficult to prevent, given their ability to enter the home in a number of different ways.