box elder bugs outside of phoenix home

What are box elder bugs?

Box elder bugs get their name from the fact that they are often found on and around box elder trees. Ash trees, maple trees, cherry trees and other seed-bearing plants are also where they can be found. Box elder bugs feed on the sap of the trees and plants that they invade.

Box elder bugs are black in color with orange or reddish markings. Adults grow to be about ½ of an inch in length, and have an elongated, oval flattened body. Their head is narrower than the rest of their body.

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Why do I have them?

Box elder bugs will be drawn to your property if you have any of the trees on it that they invade. They gather on the outside of homes and other buildings in the late fall as the weather starts to cool. Then they make their way inside your house through cracks and crevices and find their way behind siding, in wall voids, and crawl spaces as they search for a place to overwinter in. When spring comes they re-emerge as they move back outdoors.

Are they dangerous?

No, box elder bugs are not considered to be dangerous. They may cause minor skin irritations from their ability to inflict a very weak bite on a person. However, they rarely bite and are really just an annoyance to have in your house. Also, inside of your home box elder bugs can damage and stain fabric, walls, and upholstery with their fecal matter.

Can I do it myself?

Eliminating box elder bugs can be a difficult task because they can hide in so many small, dark areas of your home. DIY pest control is not recommended because it is often unsuccessful and can be dangerous to you, your family, pets, and plants if not mixed, used, or placed properly.

How soon can you get here?

Fast. We are dedicated to making sure that we get help to you as quickly as possible. In most instances, Schendel will respond the same or very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

Yes, our treatment methods are safe for use around people, pets, and plants. We use the least amount of material possible to solve your pest problem, whether that is using natural products, baits, mechanical means, or conventional products. We follow very strict guidelines, and all of our conventional products are EPA registered. Our trained and experienced service technicians will also inform you of any specific safety measures that may need to be taken before treatment begins.

How much does it cost?

We have standard pricing for all of our pest services, based on average size homes under 3500 square feet, and that the infestation does not require more than the standard number of services. We will always make you aware of any price changes before we start your service. Sign up for your FREE quote today and see how much you can save with Schendel.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Preventing box elder bugs along with most other pest problems can be very difficult. The best way to stop pest infestations is to have a year-round home pest control plan in place. Along with professional pest control there are a few things that you can do around your home to help prevent box elder bugs, including:

  • Sealing any cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation and exterior walls

  • Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors

  • Install door sweeps

  • Trim back trees and other landscaping from the outside of your home


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