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Box Elder Bugs: Keep Them Away From Your Trees

June 16th, 2015

 Box elder bugsbox elder bugs are considered a nuisance pest because they do not bite nor do they damage your home or landscape. They also do not transmit any type of diseases, so they are not a health hazard in any way. Box elder bugs are merely just a pain to many homeowners because of their quick inhabitance in and around their home. These pesky insects are most commonly found in homes or on the sunny exterior of your home. Box elder bugs are most active in the spring or summer when they feed and reproduce on the seed-bearing box elder tree. In the winter time, box elder bugs can make their way inside of your home as they are seeking shelter. They will also seek shelter under stumps or debris outside where they will hide and wait until next spring when warmer temperatures rise and they can resurface.

The most common way to get rid of box elder bugs are by removing the box elder bugs close upsource of the problem; the box elder tree. Tree removal, however, can be a very dangerous undertaking so it is important to hire a professional tree removal expert when considering tree removal. You can also hire a professional to use pest control products on both the tree and your home. If you are worried about box elder bugs making their way inside of your home, try using a caulking to seal up any cracks that the bugs could squeeze their way into.

If you would like more information about box elder bug control, please call 1-800-533-6330.

2 responses to “Box Elder Bugs: Keep Them Away From Your Trees”

  1. Eva c writes:

    Isn’t it easier to kill the bugs than to remove the tree?

  2. Dan Rykiel writes:

    Treating the box elder bugs with a pesticide is certainly an option and in most cases the first approach. However, when it comes to flying insects, especially box elder bugs, their return is inevitable and in many cases, rapid. Box elder bugs arrive in very large numbers making their presence overwhelming and occupation of exterior walls of your home likely. This is why we ultimately recommend removing the tree in which they nest. Eliminating their nesting location and forces them to seek another tree to populate and keeps them from returning to your property. Otherwise, they are often an issue that will reoccur many times throughout the summer, each year.