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Question DetailsAsked on 10/13/2013

How do I get rid of box elder bugs?

Just found box elder bugs around my front porch, under a downspout on the cedar wood frame. Does an exterminating company exterior spray take care of these?

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No more than identifying where the congragate and 'vaccuuming them up! Boxelder bugs do not cause significant damage to landscape plants, and management need only be directed at keeping them out of homes, where they may become a nuisance. If boxelder bugs frequently invade homes, seal up entry points into the home and consider removing female box elder trees. Sanitation practices such as vacuuming can be used to reduce population numbers, but vigilance may be required during fall migration. Insecticide use is rarely justified.

I wouldn't worry too much about them.

Answered 6 years ago by GaryKasper


Boxelder bugs need to be sealed out (excluded) using caulk or other materials. "Spraying" for boxelder bugs can be futile.

As Gary mentioned they are just a nuisance pest and do not cause damage or spread disease.


Answered 6 years ago by pestinfo44


Law of gravity makes spraying useless for boxelders bugs because they go "under," under siding for example and liquid will drip down AWAY from where boxelder bugs spend the night. You need someone that is using dust because is light, travels up and coats the tiny places bedbugs use as sleeping quarters) or someone that seals it all, which won't be easy. I said "bedbugs" earlier because that's the best treatment for bedbugas as well: dust, not liquid, not aerosol. The good news is you only have to worry about the south side of the home.


Answered 6 years ago by lemieuxnorthbrook


Yes it can help if applied properly and thoroughly. You can lean more for yourself by visiting theis site:

Contact a local Pest Control company to get a full evaluation and perhaps find their source.


Answered 6 years ago by GaryKasper

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