Box Elder Bug Identification
What are box elder bugs?
Box elder bugs are found primarily on maple and ash trees in Fort Collins, Loveland and throughout Northern Colorado. The adults are about 1/2" long with a dark brown or black coloration, relieved by red wing veins and markings on the abdomen. Nymphs and immature bugs are bright red.
Are they dangerous?
Box elder bugs do not spread diseases or invade food products. However, they are often considered a pest when they gain entry into a home.
So why do I have them?
In autumn, box elder bugs can become household pests. The adult insects seek wintering hibernation locations and find their way into buildings through crevices. They remain inactive inside the walls (and behind siding) while the weather is cool. When the heating systems revive them, they begin to enter inhabited parts of the buildings. In the spring, the bugs leave their winter hibernation locations to lay eggs on maple or ash trees. On warmer days in the winter and early spring, groups of 50-200+ bugs may gather on house siding or brick, usually in a sunny spot.
How do you get rid of them?
Getting rid of box elder bugs can be a tricky task as they are elusive creatures and their numbers are large. That's why our service includes everything necessary for one fee. Our box elder bug treatment methods consist of the following:
One-Time Service - Detailed inspection of the entire structure identifying areas of activity and entry points. A treatment around the foundation, garage, sidewalks, patios, etc is applied on the exterior. Any nests found will also be treated. No treatment is performed inside. If insects are found inside, they can simply be vacuumed up.
Is the treatment safe?
EnviroPest uses the least amount of material as possible while still resolving the problem. We utilize natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that is poses no threat to people or pets. All products are registered by the EPA. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken.
How soon can you get here?
We take all pest problems seriously and are committed helping you ASAP. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
How much does it cost?
From $99 for standard size homes.
What is the warranty?
This service comes with a two month warranty from the initial service date.
We also guarantee your complete satisfaction. If for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with your service, we will correct it free of charge. That’s EnviroPest’s promise to keep your home pest free.
How can I prevent this in the future?
Pest problems can be difficult to prevent. Many of our clients choose to continue service with our Colorado's Choice residential pest control program to keep pests out of their home.
How do I schedule service?
You can either call us or fill out our online form. A customer service specialist will get back with you right away.