Box elder bugs belong to the Hemiptera family and are renown for entering homes as the temperature starts to drop. The adult boxelder is red and black and bout 1 ½ inches long. They are harmless and do not bite. The problems that they cause it they are hard to keep out of your house and if they are crushed, emit a very foul odor and also stain clothes and furniture.
Boxelder bugs gather in Autumn on footpaths, walls and tree trunks. They group together for warmth and as Winter approaches, the start to travel into your house via any cracks or gaps in your house’s exterior.
Boxelder bugs inhabit the Elder Maple tree, primarily and feed on its seeds and sap. They also feed on other maple trees. In order to eradicate them, you may not be able to remove the trees in your neighborhood so it’s best to follow some of these steps.
If you want to keep some of your trees, first seal any cracks in your foundation and any openings in doors and windows. Use a vacuum to remove any existing bugs and use a mild soap or detergent to spray onto the bugs to kill them
Let’s assume you want to keep your trees, and just deal with the invading box elder bugs. First, make sure you’ve sealed any obvious cracks in your foundation, and check for openings around doors and windows. Repair or replace broken window screens.
Use a foam sealant to seal all the nooks and crannies of your home so that the bugs won’t enter. Then, use a hand duster to apply Drione dust to the cracks. This is a repellent so the bugs won’t enter your house.
To get of the bugs at their source, you must go to the tree where they live and apply Cypermethrin to their nest. Use a sprayer and apply this to the leaves branches and trunks of the tree. By reducing their numbers this way, you will be able to control the amount that could find their way into your house. Use this chemical on a regular basis every Autumn and Summer to ensure that no colonies of Elder Bugs can form within these trees.
If you follow the suggestions above, you will ensure that no elder bugs enter your house.