Box Elder Bugs

Box elder bugs are insects with distinctive red and orange markings. They are relatively harmless bugs that, during the summer months, are often found on box elder tress as well as maple and ash trees. Generally speaking, they only become a pest problem starting in late summer and extending through the fall. That’s because they seek out shelter from the cooling weather and often times that means they move into homes and businesses.

Are box elder bugs dangerous?

Nope, not really. Box elder bugs don’t bite, sting or transmit disease. They are nuisance pests that typically converge in large numbers. Homeowners may find excrement on walls, furniture, curtains and other items but that damage is not really cause for concern. Especially not when you compare this pest to termites or mice.

So why do I have this pest problem?

Again it comes back to the time of year. To these bugs, your home or business offers the perfect place to spend the winter months. They’ll start by taking up space on the warm, sunny exterior of your structure and then make their way inside through cracks in the foundation or siding. Gaps around doors and windows also make access easy for these pests to invade. You may also see box elder bug activity in the spring when the weather warms up and these bugs move back outside.

How do you get rid of box elder bugs?

If you are having problems with box elder bugs in your home, EnviroPest can help. Our Colorado’s Choice is a home pest control program that targets household pests including box elder bugs. We also combat insect and rodent infestations in commercial environments with our Colorado’s Select program.

How soon can you get here?

At EnviroPest, we take all pest issues very seriously and are committed to helping as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent a box elder bugs from infesting in the future?

The best way to prevent a box elder bug problem is to keep these pests out by fortifying the exterior of your home. We recommend:

  • Sealing any cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation

  • Caulking gaps around exterior windows and doors

  • Repairing any damage to siding or roof shingles.

  • Trimming trees or shrubs so that they don’t touch the exterior of your home or building.