Professional Pest Control
for Box Elders – ProActive Pest Management

Box elders, or box elder bugs, are prevalent insect pests found in most parts of the United States. Red and black in color and small in size, these bugs live on various trees (including box elders, hence their name) but may often seek refuge in climate-controlled human properties. During the summer, when box elders come out of hibernation, large swaths of these insects can show up at the doors of homes and businesses in search of a place to eat and live. If you’ve got box elders on your property, our pet control professionals at ProActive Pest Management can help. We proudly provide comprehensive pest control for elders in Illinois and beyond. Read on to learn more about these
insects and our control services, and contact us today!

All About Box Elders

Box elders are small, tree-dwelling insects of the family Rhopalidae. They are true bugs, which means they belong to an order (Hemiptera) of insects that includes cicadas, aphids, planthoppers, leafhoppers, and shield bugs. Box elders earn their name because they often live in boxelder trees, though they also live in maple and ash trees. Box elders are found in the western and midwestern United States.

Box elders are black in color and have red lines along the thorax sides. Their wings are flat and bright red in color. They are almond-shaped with antennae that are roughly one-third of their body length. They measure between 14 millimeters and 18 millimeters in length.

Box elders are most active during the spring and summertime, when they come out of hibernation. These bugs eat mostly juice from host trees, flowers, leaves, and twigs — which is why they can be a destructive issue for outdoor properties. Though they feed on organic matter mostly found outdoors, box elders still often enter indoor spaces in search of cooler temperature in the summers. (Sometimes, they’ll stay through the winter to hibernate in the warmth.) Box elders emit a foul odor and leave behind unsightly stains when crushed — which is why they are considered a particularly undesirable indoor pest.

What Causes Box Elder Infestations?

There are two types of box elder infestations: outdoor infestations and indoor infestations. Outdoor box elder infestations take place when box elders populations nest and grow within a tree (or several trees). If left to persist, outdoor box elder populations can consume a large quantity of plant matter on a property and cause some damage to their host trees. Indoor box elder infestations occur when box elder bugs move in large quantities towards an indoor space in search of more comfortable shelter. Box elders will often collect near doors or windows, attracted to cooler, climate-controlled air. The insects can find their way into indoor spaces through holes around windows, spaces under doors, and other small openings in roofs or walls. Keeping your property watertight will help keep box elders out during their active seasons.

Box Elder Control
at ProActive

Box elders on your property can be a nuisance and an unpleasant sight for all those on your grounds. To take care of these persistent bugs once and for all, contact our pest control professionals here at ProActive Pest Management. We provide comprehensive diagnosis, extermination, and prevention services to find the sources of box elders infestations, exterminate them, and outfit properties with preventative measures to stop infestations from ever occurring again. If you’ve got box elders, our team is the one to call.

Contact us for effective, affordable, and eco-friendly box elder control today!