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Boxelder Bug Control Products

Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs With Control Products From ePestSolutions!

When the cold temperatures of winter arrive, there are a number of different pests which seek out your home for warmth.  One type of bug which does such is the Boxelder bug and if left unchecked they can create a worrisome infestation. Although boxelder bugs are harmless to people, these little black and red bugs can be an irritant due to their tendency of congregating in large numbers and traveling through your homes various cracks and crevices.

Fortunately, boxelder bugs can be quite easy to control by carrying out preventative exclusion measures around your home and using a professional quality pest control product. If you’re suffering from an infestation of box elder bugs, ePestSolutions has everything you need to successfully conduct boxelder control.

A Little About the Boxelder Bug

Boxelder bugs are also known as maple bugs and are medium sized critters about ½ and inch long. They are colored dark gray or black with red markings on their back which makes them stand out from other pests. Sometimes those markings can look more orange than red. While native to the western US, the box elder bug has also been found in the Eastern part of Canada and also throughout the eastern United States. Boxelder bugs get their name from the fact that they are often found on and around boxelder trees.

Boxelder bugs are most active in the spring and fall seasons. They are an overwintering pest, which means when temperatures drop, they begin swarming in large numbers. A group of boxelder bugs will readily infest the same area from year to year once a successful winter shelter has been found. Some will even will look towards homes and migrate to the undersides of siding and roofing and ultimately, make their inside. 

Boxelder bugs like to reside in gardens where they feed primarily on leaves, seedpods and blooms of female boxelder trees. They also enjoy trees like ash and maple. The damage usually isn’t significant, but large numbers of pests can cause foliage to take on a distorted appearance. Indoors, boxelder bugs are harmless but they can be annoying in large numbers by leaving quite a mess from the droppings they leave behind.


Boxelder bug issues are atypical, in that they are not during a warm season causing issue due to increased access and heightened activity levels. A boxelder bug becomes an issue when it waits out the winter season, in a process common to insects, animals and plants called overwintering. This simply means that bugs seek sufficient shelter to last through conditions that are otherwise most likely not survivable. The Boxelder bug is one of those insects that has become quite accustomed to overwintering in buildings and homes.

Winter is when the Boxelder bug will typically become a pest. However, we can reduce our chances of sharing our warm fire by taking a few easy steps before the temperature starts dropping, which signals to the Boxelder Bug to search for shelter. If we do not provide that shelter than they won’t have a place to stay, the first step in Boxelder bug pest control.

When the nights become a little cooler in late summer, we want to start staying outside and your pest wants to move inside. The sun will heat the west and south sides of the structures so we need to think about exclusion and spraying with a good residual insecticide. The warm toasty walls will attract a lot of insects, not just the Boxelder Bug. That is the safest and most effective way to get rid of this pest for good. Although Boxelder bugs are not know to cause actual damage to structures and homes, having even a small infestation can trigger other issues, such as spiders- to arise as a result of the food source.

Boxelder Bug Control Tips

  • Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on boxelder bugs by sealing up holes and cracks in your home to eliminate points of entry. In the fall, box elder bugs are on the hunt for a place overwinter, which is usually your home. If they are gather on a wall of your home, they will be desperately try to find a way indoors. Seal up your house using caulk, cement, wire mesh, netting, or whatever else that may help seal gaps. The ideal time to do so is at the end of summer before the bugs start looking to migrate indoors. While it may be impractical to to seal up every possible crack or opening in your home, it will limit entry points for box elder bugs and other insects.

  • Suck box elder bugs out of your home by vacuuming them. Smashing boxelder bugs can emit a stinky odor so vacuuming them is a good alternative to getting rid  Their odor also can attract other boxelder bugs to gather so you will want to dispose of your vacuum bag soon after sucking them up. 

Sometimes vacuuming and sealing up your home isn't enough to keep boxelder bugs out. When this happens, it’s time to resort to chemical means of elimination. ePestSolutions has a wide selection of pesticides which can successfully control boxelder bugs so please browse this page for our recommended products. For more information or if you have any questions about an order or would like helpful DIY advice, feel free to call us at our number 1-888-523-7378and one of our experienced representatives will be happy to assist you.


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