Western Box Elder Bug
Adults are approximately ½", black with red lines.
Why be concerned?
Box elder bugs, along with ladybugs and cluster flies, enter structures in the fall. They pose no real problem at this time as they search for dark, undisturbed areas in which to hibernate. The trouble comes with spring, when they emerge indoors in significant numbers.
What You Can Do
Access prevention, or exclusion, is your best weapon. These insects follow warm air currents, so you can reduce inviting heat loss and create a physical barrier with weather stripping. Seal crevices along the roofline and around doors and window frames.
What We Would Do
Your technician can identify access points and provide a bid for exclusion. If exclusion is not feasible or too costly, Eden offers a fall treatment program aimed at entry prevention. This program uses low impact materials and application methods available for residential and commercial sites.