Boxelders are primarily a nuisance because they enter homes and other buildings, often in vast numbers. Fortunately, they do not bite people and are essentially harmless to property. When there are enough boxelders left unchecked, however, they can stain walls, curtains and other surfaces with their excrement. Occasionally some may seek moisture and may be found around houseplants, although they rarely attack them. In the few cases when they do feed, boxelder bugs are unlikely to injure indoor plants.
Boxelders aren’t usually a problem in the summer, but when fall approaches, they leave the trees where they were feeding to find protected areas for the winter. They like to congregate in large numbers and sun themselves on trees, rocks, and buildings with large southern or western exposures. As the weather continues to cool, they will make their way into homes through holes and cracks, and, if not removed, will find a place to overwinter.
The best way to control boxelder bugs is prevention: take steps to keep them from entering your home from the start.
- Repair or replace any damaged screens in your home, such as those used in doors, windows, roof and soffit vents and bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans.
- Repair or seal damaged areas where cable TV wires, phone lines and other utility wires and pipes, outdoor facets, dryer vents and similar objects enter your home.
- Seal any cracks and spaces in walls and siding with caulk, or for larger spaces use polyurethane expandable spray foam, copper mesh or another appropriate sealant.
- Install door sweeps or thresholds to all exterior entry doors. Install a rubber seal along the bottom of garage doors.
Aerex Has the Solution
Aerex technicians understand the habits of boxelders and use that knowledge when developing a boxelder control program, which is best suited to your home and your particular situation. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators.
At Aerex we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. All appointments are scheduled at times that are convenient for you. Call us for a free consultation at 847-255-8888.
Did you know
The boxelder feeds and lays its eggs almost exclusively on the female seed-bearing boxelder tree. They may also feed on maple or ash trees, but they are rarely found on male boxelder trees.