Remove Boxelder Bugs in PA and NJ

boxelder_thumb.pngBoxelder bugs are an "overwintering pest," migrating to wall voids in the early fall to keep warm and escape the harsh elements. They can be especially difficult to control once they enter the structure, making professional pest control necessary.


What do boxelder bugs look like?

Adult Boxelder bugs are about 1/2 inch long with 6 legs, and are black in color with red and orange markings on their abdomen. Their wings lay flat across the back and overlap. They live in boxelder trees during the Spring and Summer, feeding off of the leaves, flowers, and seeds. 


Should I be concerned with boxelder bugs?

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Boxelder bugs spend their time thriving in nature during the warmer months. Once the weather becomes cold, they migrate in very large groups to find shelter in hopes of survival. If man made structures are nearby, they will enter through cracks and crevices to hide within wall voids for the winter. Boxelder bugs do not post a significant health threat to humans and although it's not common, they may bite if provoked. 


How can I get rid of boxelder bugs?

The best method of control is prevention. They are considered to be an “overwintering pest," which means they enter your home to escape winters.  Although they don’t reproduce when in this state, they can enter your home and become a nuisance in your home. To effectively prevent bugs that overwinter, make sure you seal up any cracks in your home, especially around windows, vents, and doors. Once they have infested a structure, professional pest control services are the only solution to complete boxelder bug control.

Trying to control the infestation on your own may result in complications and the worsening of pest activity. If you kill boxelder bugs within the wall voids on your own, the scent of their decaying bodies can attract beetles and increase insect populations within the structure. Boxelder bugs also leave a reddish-orange stain from their disposal of feces when they are squished, which can leave marks on your carpet, clothing, and other fabric items.


How does Cooper get rid of boxelder bugs?

When dealing with overwintering pests, the best time to do treatments is before they come. We suggest that this service begin in the late Summer, before they enter. Cooper provides a comprehensive Overwintering Service which controls not only boxelder bugs, but other overwintering pests such as stink bugs, ladybugs, and cluster flies.


Is the treatment environmentally friendly?

Cooper provides an eco-friendly option for boxelder bug control. In addition, all products used by Cooper Pest Solutions are EPA registered for pest control use. Our highly trained pest control professionals will follow all appropriate label requirements in an effort to keep pets and humans safe.


How soon can you get here?

At Cooper Pest Solutions, our goal is to provide same day or next day service to meet the needs of our clients. We understand that pest infestations such as boxelder bugs can be an emotional and challenging situation to approach. That's why our highly trained technicians are here to provide you quality service as soon as possible. Please call us at 1-800-949-2667 or fill out the contact form on this page for more information and to scheduled service.