Box Elder bugs
The most startling thing about box elder bugs is they invade in staggering numbers. They make their homes in ash, maple and box elder trees during the warmer months and begin to migrate into your home when winter approaches. Typically they appear on the sunny side of buildings in the late summer or early fall. They look for places like voids in your home to reproduce. Once they find a way in, they take hold and are difficult to eradicate. While they don’t cause major structural damage to homes, they are still a nuisance. They are notorious for leaving their droppings everywhere. Their droppings can get on linens, curtains, and upholstered furniture and leave ugly stains. One way to stop these bugs from multiplying is to remove their host trees. This often helps, but the adults can still fly from other locations. Sealing cracks and crevices around your home’s windows, doors and foundation may also help prevent an infestation. Box Elder Bugs are typically black in color and are marked by red lines on their thorax. If you identify an active infestation within your home, contact ProActive Pest Management immediately.