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Box Elder Bug Identification

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Box Elder Bug

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Box Elder Bug

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What are box elder bugs?

Box elder bugs are a type of nuisance pests that for most of the year are found outside feeding on trees and plants, using their specialized, piercing mouthparts to suck the juices out of them. Their favorite tree to feast on is of course the box elder tree, but they also enjoy dining on maple, ash, cherry, plum, and peach trees. These insects have a very distinctive appearance, they are black in color with their bodies and fully-developed wings being outline in an orangish-red color. In the late fall these pests move into homes and other structures to overwinter as adults.

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Why do I have them?

In the late fall box elder bugs will gather in large numbers on the sunny side of buildings seeking warmth. As they make their way up the side of the home or other buildings they will make their way inside through spaces found around exterior windows and doors, cracks in the exterior walls, and through spaces found along the roofline. Once inside they will crawl throughout your home until they find a safe place to overwinter in like the attic, in the spaces found behind walls, in crawl spaces, or underneath the floor. They will remain there until the weather warms in the spring, they then emerge and make their way back outside to commence feeding and breeding.

Are they dangerous?

Box elder bugs are not considered to be a dangerous pest, instead they are considered to be nuisance pests. They aren’t known to carry or transmit any diseases to people; if being directly handled or squished their piercing mouthparts are strong enough to pierce the skin of a person; however this is a very rare occurrence and not really something to worry about . The real threat with box elder bugs is that they can enter homes in large numbers and once inside can be very difficult to locate and eliminate. Also, when they travel throughout your home and are accidentally squished or squashed they may leave behind an orangish- red mark that can stain upholstered furniture, curtains, and walls.

How do I get rid of box elder bugs?

Box elder bugs can be a particularly difficult pest to eradicate due to the fact that they tend to infest homes in very large numbers.  A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of box elder bugs and recommend one of our three levels of service to help you get rid of box elder bugs.

Can I do it myself?

Box elder bugs are not a pest many homeowners have much success eliminating on their own. Many do-it-yourself repellents and sprays to rid your property of box elder bugs simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective.  Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is very important to us and that is why we use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use. In addition, all of our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.

How soon can you get here?

Moyer Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Box elder bugs can seem to enter homes and other structures through the tiniest of spaces; making prevention difficult. This is why we recommend our customers choose one of our three comprehensive, year round programs to ensure box elder bugs stay out of their home or business.

Where does Moyer Indoor | Outdoor service?

Moyer provides pest control service in Allentown, Souderton, Telford, Doylestown, and throughout Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery Counties as well as parts of Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties. Contact us today to learn more about the services available in your area.