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Identifying Box Elder Bugs

    Identifying Box Elder Bugs

    Box elder bugs are a common pest that can invade your home, especially as the weather turns cooler. Recognizing these insects and understanding what they look for can help you manage any potential infestations. Here’s what you need to know about identifying box elder bugs and how Town and Country Pest Solutions can assist you in dealing with them.

    Characteristics of Box Elder Bugs


    Box elder bugs are easy to identify due to their distinctive appearance. They have:

    • Black bodies with flat backs.
    • Orange or red markings on their wings.
    • An approximate length of about 1/2 inch when fully grown.


    These bugs are named after their preferred habitat; they are often found on or around box elder trees. However, they may also live on ash or maple trees. In the fall, they start to migrate towards structures, such as homes, to overwinter.


    • They are not harmful to humans, but their feces can stain surfaces.
    • They can congregate in large numbers, which becomes a nuisance.
    • In the spring, they lay eggs on the leaves of host trees.

    How to Prevent and Control Box Elder Bugs

    Prevention is always better than control when it comes to pests. Here are a few steps to keep box elder bugs at bay:

    • Repair any cracks or openings around windows, doors, and foundations.
    • Install fine-mesh screens on windows and vent systems.
    • Remove box elder and other seed-bearing trees near your home if possible.
    • Vacuum up any bugs that enter your home as a non-chemical removal method.

    Professional Help from Town and Country Solutions

    While preventative measures can help, sometimes an infestation requires professional attention. At Town and Country Pest Solutions, we provide expert services to help you deal with box elder bugs effectively.

    Our services include:

    • Thorough inspection of your property to identify the extent of the infestation.
    • Custom treatment plans that suit your specific pest problem.
    • Use of environmentally friendly methods that are safe for your family and pets.
    • Follow-ups to ensure that the pests have been successfully managed.

    Don’t let box elder bugs bug you this season. Visit our website or call us today for comprehensive assistance. With our expertise, your pest problems will be nothing more than a bug’s life!

    Contact Town & Country for a quote today!

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