Box Elder Bugs

Box Elder Bugs

Where they live: box elder trees and the South & West sides of buildings

About the Pest:

Box elder bugs become a real nuisance in the fall. They feed on seeds that have fallen off trees, especially the box elder tree. They are primarily found on the south and west sides of a building. They infest building perimeters and can find their way inside, but they do not damage property. It is rare, but they can bite.

How to Control:

Control box elder bugs by removing any box elder trees in the vicinity. Make sure the home is well-sealed and window screens are properly installed and in good working order. A residual insecticide can be sprayed around the outside of the home, particularly the south and west sides.