Box Elder Bug Hot Spots
These pests will cover and multiply on sun-lit exterior surfaces in the late summer and fall.
Lower temperatures outside drive pests inside. With the change of season and fall’s fast approach, homeowners might see signs of box elder bugs that will seek-out warmer spaces to reside over the winter.
Safe and warm inside your home, fall invader pests can cause damage. These pests reproduce at a rapid rate, so what often starts as a small problem can quickly get out of hand.
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Appearance And Behavior
Adult box elder bugs are about 1/2 an 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 mainstays 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. Read some box elder bug trivia here.
Box elder bugs are harmless insects that won’t bite people or 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.
Box Elder Bug Prevention
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.
Box elder bugs are difficult to prevent, given their ability to enter the home in a number of different ways. If box elder bugs have infested your property, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control for help.
Box Elder Bug Control Process
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 be used. At Plunkett’s Pest Control, we offer effective box elder bug control to eliminate box elder bug problems.
In the Fall season, Asian lady beetles, box elder bugs, cluster flies and stink bugs look for a warm place to spend the winter. They enter buildings through foundation cracks, gaps in siding, around window casings, attic vents, etc. Most of them remain dormant during the winter, but occasionally they begin to stir and find their way into living spaces, becoming a nuisance during the winter and spring.
Plunkett’s Fall Invader Service results in a significant reduction in the number of fall invaders overwintering in your home. The treatment involves a thorough application or residual spray to cracks and crevices on the exterior of the home.
Box Elder Bug Control With Plunkett's
At Plunkett’s, our goal is to help you quickly, conveniently, and in the most cost-effective way. We make every effort to be with you asap, usually within a day or two.
There are a good number of flying insects that are particularly likely to make pests of themselves around your home. Some of the most common examples of flying insects Plunkett’s encounters frequently include: