New Jersey's Guide To Effective Boxelder Bug Control

November 5, 2020

There’s a group of pests that, for the most part, spend their time out in the world, not bothering humans. Then, when winter comes along, they move inside homes to seek refuge from the elements. These are known as overwintering pests. One such pest that you might encounter here in New Jersey is the box elder bug. Although the boxelder bug is considered to be a nuisance pest, that doesn’t mean you want to see a bunch of them inside your home. So it is important to learn the steps that you can take to protect your New Jersey home from these pests this coming winter. 

4 boxelder bugs on a white surface with dirt

Identifying Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs are easily identifiable by their unique coloring; they have six black legs, black bodies, and their wings and thoraxes are outlined by an orangish-red color. Because of this black and orange color scheme, box elder bugs are sometimes referred to as Halloween bugs.
While they prefer to spend their time on trees and plants upon which they feed, once they come inside, boxelder bugs will make their way to dark, quiet areas such as attics, wall voids, and crawl spaces. And sometimes they can infest in large numbers, so if they come into your home, you may see a lot of them.

Threats Posed By Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs are considered to be nuisance pests which means they don’t pose any major threats to humans or our property. However, there are still some drawbacks to having these pests infest your home. They can infest in large numbers and they can be very difficult to completely get rid of. They are also known to stain curtains, upholstered furniture, and walls with their excrement as they travel inside for the winter. Furthermore, boxelder bugs are known to cause damage to trees and plants, especially box elder trees.

Boxelder Bug Prevention Tips

When it comes to boxelder bug prevention, the main goal is to seal off entry points through which they can gain access to your home. Additionally, there are some other steps you can take to better protect your home from box elder bugs. These include:

  • Seal any cracks in the walls or the foundation of your home.
  • Install weather stripping around windows and exterior doors.
  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Make sure screens in windows and exterior doors are in good working condition.
  • Cover all vents with a mesh cover.
  • Seal spaces around wiring and piping that enter into your home.
  • Trim back tree branches from your home’s roof and exterior walls.
  • Refrain from planting boxelder trees around your property.

If you can accomplish these simple preventative steps, you should be able to greatly reduce your exposure to boxelder bugs this coming winter.

The Best Method For Boxelder Bug Prevention

You can take all the preventative measures at your disposal and still have boxelder bugs infest your home. That’s why the best approach to boxelder bug control is partnering with the trained pest experts here at Amco Pest Solutions. With our on-going service, you can rest assured that your home will be protected from pests all year long. Not only will our certified pest technicians eliminate any infestation with which you are currently dealing, but they will also work with you to protect your home from any future infestations. Don’t let boxelder bugs make their way inside of your home this winter. Call Amco Pest Solutions today.

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