Box Elder Bugs

Box Elder Bugs
Size: Up to 1/2"
Color: Black with red and orange markings
Habitat: Maples / Ash trees
Infestation: Softer plant tissue
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Box Elder Bug Control

A full grown box elder bug is about 1/2" long. They are black in color with red and orange markings. Box elder bug nymphs are red and gradually turn into a darker color as they mature. Box elder bugs usually enter buildings in large numbers, but are harmless to humans. They are known as pests for they can leave stains on walls or curtains with their fecal matter.

How to Get Rid of Box Elder Bugs

Despite the fact that Box elder bugs are harmless to humans, whose content with an abundant amount of flying bugs in your home? We are sure that no one is. When uninvited guests make their way inside, its best to take control right away before it gets worse, especially with these bugs. Box elder bugs have the power to attract more of their kind with a released odor. Given enough time, box elder bugs will accumulate more and more. Do not rely on normal bug sprays you can buy at your local store to solve your problem. You need professional pesticides to solve you box elder infestation. Depending on the location of the infestation, there are quite a few professional insecticides to choose from. When dealing with outside box elder bug elimination, liquid pesticides (using a hand gallon sprayer) is your best bet. Setting up a perimeter treatment (also known as a barrier treatment) around your home will help prevent box elder bugs from invading your home.

When applying, spray up to 2 feet high on walls and 3 feet away from the wall to the ground. This will ensure prevention of any box elder bugs from entering through crack and crevices around your home. For indoor box elder bug elimination, a good residual spray such a Tempo WP will work fine. Mix and then spray the solution directly onto infested areas and other potential areas where the infestation could migrate. In addition, Delta Dust is also recommended for indoor control. This odorless dust insecticide can be easily used to for cracks and crevices and other voids around your home which will help further prevent anymore box elder bugs from coming in. Moreover, a vacuum will also help eliminate your box elder bug problem. Simply suck them up and throw them out.

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Q. Masterline Bifenthrin 7.9-boxelder bug problem
I'd like to solve a boxelder bug problem (they like to congregate around our doorways), and I'm wondering how Masterline Bifenthrin 7.9 is supposed to be applied. Can you give me some more information? Thanks.
A.   Thank you for contacting us with your question. Since Box Elder bugs like to reside in areas with lots of moisture its very likely you are finding them in your mulch or areas with lots of moisture. Masterline Bifenthrine will be a good product to use. It is recommended that you mix 1 oz of the concentrated solution with one gallon of water and thoroughly spray on the areas where you mostly see them. If you feel that it is quite an heavy infestation I would recommend that you first replace your mulch.
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Q. We have tried EVERYTHING!!! And they seem to be coming back thicker each year and with every treatment! Sometimes we spray DAILY and it makes no impact. PLEASE HELP!!
A.   If you are using a residual insecticide, it is not recommended to spray everyday. Moreover, concentrate residual insecticides have a delay kill effect and will not provide you with an instant knockdown kill. We recommend spraying the entire perimeter of the house with a pyrethroid active ingredient concentrate spray like Demon WP, Suspend SC, or LambdaStar 9.7.
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Q. my box elder bugs keep returning every year. i have sprayed with pyrethrins,trees and exterior of house also treated under house with drione dust.
my box elder bugs keep returning every year.I spray trees and exterior with a pyrethrin. they keep coming back. also treated under house with drione dust.
A.   Box elder bugs are lawn invading pests. You may want to try using a granular to treat your whole lawn. I would recommend a product such as Delta Guard G Granules.
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Q. Boxelder bugs Control
I have boxelder bugs eating my plants in the flowers and bushes that we just spent several hundred dollars doing. I need to know what to use that will kill them before they do any more damage.
A.   We recommend that you use a granular product to do a broadcast lawn treatment, as well as using a liquid concentrate product. Talstar granulars can be dispersed throughout the lawn for effective, broad treatment. If the plants/bushes/flowers are just ornamental,

we recommend you use Talstar Pro liquid concentrate to spray onto the necessary surfaces.

The product has a residual of 3-4 months depending on the external conditions. You may re-apply every couple months if necessary.
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Q. get rid of box elder bugs
do you have anything that will get rid of summer time box elder bugs that we get here all over our home every summer , they like the sunny side of our home and all of our neighbors have them to ,we went to hardware store and they sold us some stuff that we mixed in a sprayer and it was from fertalome , it worked for a couple weeks and then they were back ,we only get about 3 months of good weather here in the summer and would to be bug free , besides the mosquiteos that we have ,thank you and look forward to a bug free summer
A.   Thank you for contacting us. For Boxelder bugs, we recommend Talstar Pro. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. About Box elder bugs
I have a Raintree would these Bux Elder Bugs be coming from this tree ? If so do you have any suggestion on what we should do, when it is in bloom it is beautiful and I really do not want to have it cut down. I live in Fl.
A.   You can spray Talstar on ornamentals and also around the perimeter of your home so that they are unable to enter. Talstar will kill boxelder bugs on contact and has a residual of about 2-3 months.
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Q. how about standard laundry bleach?
Thet are just coming out and soon to be a pest.
A.   We do not recommend using standard laundry bleach for control against any type of pest. It is potentially very hazardous and will not provide an effective control. Also, please be specific on what your target pest is so that we may better assist you.
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Q. is there something similar to Talstar? I am unable to find it in our area
We seem to be keeping them on the outside. We are just overrun with them.
A.   Bifenthrin is Talstar's active ingredient. You can check your area to see if there is pesticide containing bifenthrin. If not, you can also place an order for Talstar online or by phone. We offer free shipping to the 48 continental states.
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Q. Are boxelder bugs a type of beetle or what are they?
we didnt have them last year but the year before we were also overrun with them.
A.   Boxelder bugs are a type of beetle. They are attracted to sources of moisture. We recommend spraying near pine straws, mulches, etc. to rid of them.
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Q. Boxelder beetles in our basement adn santuary of checuh
A.   Talstar Pro or Lambdastar 9.7 are the recommended products for true bugs like boxelder bugs or stink bugs. Although Talstar Pro does not have them on the label, we know that the bifenthrin active ingredient is very effective against boxelder bugs. Do not apply both products in the same area at the same time. One one of either is necessary. Inside, you must only treat the baseboards, window sills, door frames, and cracks and crevices that are under or behind furniture. Outside, a perimeter application must be made around the entire perimeter of the structure. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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