Box Elder Bugs, the Nuisance PestApril 7th, 2015
Box Elder bugs are more of a nuisance pest than anything. They do not cause harm or present any type of health hazard by transmitting diseases. Box elder bugs will also never bite and for the most part, do not cause any damages to your home or plants.
What box elder bugs will do is this; Box elder bugs will flock to a sunny side of a home or building. They will also cause stains through their feces and will cause a stench when they are squished. Lastly, box elder bugs can cause deformities in a tree if the infestation becomes out of control.
However, controlling these pests is a pretty simple task. The good news is that box elder bugs will not reproduce inside of your home to cause an indoor infestation. They will find their way into your home through open cracks so the best remedy for this is to make sure to use a sealant or caulking around any potential access points.
The best way to rid these insects of your home is by removing the source of the problem; the Box elder tree. Box elder bugs feed on the flowers, seeds, and pods of this tree so if necessary, you might want to consider removing it if the infestation has become uncontrollable.
If you would like more information on box elder control for your home or for your trees please call 1-800-533-6330.