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Box Elder bugs do not bite, but their piercing-sucking mouthparts can sometimes puncture
skin, causing slight irritation. Their droppings make quite a mess and these
pests can accumulate in great numbers in your home if left unchecked.
Indoor Boxelder Bug Infestations
temperatures (found in buildings such as your home) interfere with their natural cycles
and biology, causing them to reproduce year-round in unwanted areas -- your home!
The boxelder bug is a common pest over much of the United States. Adults are about
1/2 inch long, bright red or black in color with narrow reddish lines on their back.
These insects pests feed principally by sucking juices from the boxelder tree, but
are sometimes found on many other plants. In most cases, boxelder bugs cause no
major damage inside homes, but their droppings stain curtains and other resting sites.
This bug also emits a foul odor when crushed.
Adult boxelder bugs will enter
homes in the Fall, seeking winter shelter. They will over-winter in protected areas,
often in wall voids or in attics. They will then emerge in the spring to seek out
host trees on which to feed and lay eggs.
For larger infestations, use your vacuum cleaner to help eliminate the boxelders you
see inside your home. This will be a great tool to use along with pesticide
applications, but not a total substitution. A good residual spray that is labeled
for both inside homes, exterior of homes, trees and shrubs is Tempo WP.
Outdoor Elimination of
(using a garden sprayer such as our Chapin
Sprayer) along baseboards or other areas where Boxelders are seen.
most important aspect of indoor elimination and prevention of Boxelder bugs is dusting
cracks and crevices where these pest like to spend the winter. The best insecticide
dust to use is Delta Dust.
This odorless product is easily applied to cracks, crevices and voids using
a hand bellows duster.
Use Delta Dust as often as you like, both as a
preventative and curative control method for insect pests. Delta
Dust will not only kill boxelder bugs and other insects, it makes any treated
area unappealing to future infestations of insect pests.
To eliminate outdoor Boxelders, treat the structure and
vegetation (trees, shrubs) close to the structure. The outdoor elimination of
Boxelders is your best prevention against indoor infestations, so begin treatment early.
Using a good pump up garden sprayer (see our Chapin Sprayer,) mix and apply
to the sides of your home and
to trees where boxelders are seen congregating or where you have had problems in the past.
Tempo WP has excellent quick knockdown properties as well as long term residual
control against a variety of pests that enter homes. This odorless insecticide has a broad
label which allows you to treat a wide variety of pests safely, without causing injury to
When treating the exterior portion of your home, spray as
high as possible. You should also spray into any crack, crevice or possible entry
point/hiding place where the boxelder bugs might enter. In areas of the country
where Boxelder bugs are a normal occurrence, apply a preventative spray in the late summer
to keep the bugs out of your home.
The following products are the best for eliminating and preventing
Boxelder bug infestations. They can be purchased individually
or in a money-saving kit. There are two different kits from
which to choose.
#1: Kit Price - $129 - Each kit contains:
Tempo Kits cannot be shipped to HI, NY, NJ, CT, VT, AK
#2: Kit Price - $99. Same
as Tempo Kit #1, but without the Chapin Sprayer. Tempo
Kits cannot be shipped to HI, NY, NJ, CT, VT, AK
Insecticides and equipment used for general purpose pest control and for
controlling boxelder bug infestations:
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In the United States: 1-800-434-4555
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