Box elder bugs are small, black insects with distinctive red markings and flat wings that lay across their backs. An adult box elder bug is about ½ inch long and feeds on Ash trees, Maple trees, Cherry trees as well as their namesake, the Box Elder tree.
Box elder bugs tend to invade homes and buildings starting in the late summer in search of a warm place to overwinter. They are likely to be a nuisance when the weather grows colder and they take shelter in the cracks and crevices until the warmer weather returns.
While they are often considered a nuisance pest, box elder bugs do not pose a serious risk to your home or health.
Because of their ability to take shelter well inside a structure, box elder bugs are difficult to get rid of. Contacting Rose Pest Solutions at the first sign of a box elder bug infestation is the best way to eliminate box elder bugs effectively. Visit our residential pest control page to learn more about treatment options.
Due to the complicated treatment process and the amount of time required to perform these treatments, box elder bugs are typically not a pest many homeowners have much success eradicating. Many do-it-yourself remedies simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective. Remember – if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people and pets.
Rose Pest Solutions follows very strict guidelines for the use of pest control products so that they pose no hazard to people, pets or plants. Every product we use has been checked and registered by the EPA and our highly trained service technicians will inform you of any safety measures that need to be taken.
Box elder bug problems in Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, and elsewhere throughout Ohio and Michigan are hard to prevent as they are determined to enter your home or building through any cracks or holes they can find, so continued vigilance and treatment as required are the usual steps.