BoxelderBox Elder Bug Control

Thriving on box elder, ash or maple trees, box elder bugs are easily recognizable by their tiny pincers, dark brown bodies and red markings on the abdomen and wings. When disturbed, box elder bugs release a foul-smelling (and bad-tasting to birds) substance that can stain curtains, walls and furniture. Their preference for congregating in warm or sunlit areas frequently causes staining of other household items due to leaving excessive amounts of excrement behind.

Rust-colored box elder eggs are often spotted clinging to host trees in small clumps. Nymphs resemble adults but do not possess mature wings and are gray and red instead of dark brown and red. Nymphs tend to eat the seeds produced by box elder trees while adults prefer to consume the sap released by maple, ash and box elder trees.

Although box elder bugs are not destructive, they are considered a nuisance and can evolve into a tenacious infestation if not properly eliminated by a professional extermination company. During fall and winter, these bugs will actively seek warmer environments and secrete themselves in walls and siding of homes. Continually running heating systems keeps them energetic and in search of food, water and mates, which promotes the infestation further. Homeowners who see only a few box elder bugs in their residences during the summer will probably witness an explosion of them as soon as the weather changes and the bugs search for warmer conditions.

At the first sign of an active box elder bug infestation in your home, contact Simmons Pest Management for an immediate evaluation of your box elder bug issue. As an established, licensed extermination company, we have the knowledge and materials needed to safely and effectively rid your home of a box elder bug infestation.

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