Box Elder Bug Scientific Name: Boisea trivittata

When fall arrives, you might begin to notice a certain insect moving into your home. They know that cold weather is drawing close and they want what you have. They want to share in the warmth of your home. If you hate insect invaders, you will despise box elder bugs.

General Information:

Adult box elder bugs have a flat top, and are an elongated oval in shape. They can range in color from slate-gray to black. They also have telltale red lines that run along the outer edge of their forewings. While it is extremely rare for box elder bugs to cause structural or economic damage they are considered to be a nuisance pest. When fall arrives, they will accumulate in large numbers on the southern facing side of your home. If there is a way to get inside of your home, they will find it. Box elder bugs feed on a number of different plants such as maple, apple, box elder, ash, cherry, and peach trees. They will also feed on grass. If smashed, they can stain fabrics in your home like carpets and furniture.

Signs of an Infestation:

The best sign of a box elder bug infestation is by finding box elder bugs. If you have vegetation in your yard that box elder bugs like to eat, you will have more box elder bugs around your home. The most common time to find a box elder bug inside of your home is during the fall. That is the timeframe when box elder bugs are looking for a place to overwinter.


If you are tired of using a tissue paper to dispose of box elder bugs, there is a simple solution. All you need to do is contact Pointe Pest Control. We understand the life cycle of box elder bugs. We know where to look inside of your home to find their favorite overwintering locations. We can help you identify potential entry zones. With Pointe Pest Control on your side, you can say goodbye to box elder bugs. When you want the best in professional pest control, you need to give us a call.

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