Box Elder Bugs
Box elder bugs are common pests over much of the United States. Adults are about 1/2 inch long. While they are not dangerous or destructive, box-elder bugs are considered pests because of their invasive hibernation habits.
They are bright red or black with narrow reddish lines on the back. Box elder bugs develop by gradual metamorphosis, from egg, to nymph, then to adult. They feed principally by sucking juices from the box elder tree, but are sometimes found on other plants.
They do very little damage to the trees they attack, but at certain times of the year they can become a nuisance. In late summer and fall, the box elder bugs build up to large populations and invade homes to over-winter. They are become pests only by their presence, although their piercing-sucking mouthparts can sometimes puncture skin, causing slight irritation
What to do:
- Box elder bug control is most effective when it is conducted in the spring, because it is nearly impossible to treat infestations once the bugs have invaded and hibernated for the winter.
- Sealing cracks and crevices can eliminate entry points in homes.
- Removing box elder trees when possible should stop the bugs from being attracted to your property.
- To learn about our annual care plan for box elder bugs, call Quality Pest Control in Omaha, NE today.