Do you have a Box elder, Maple or Ash tree in your yard?
If you do you may start to see Box elder bugs outside and maybe even inside your house now that the weather is cooling down some. They typically live in the trees during the warmer weather months but when it cool down they migrate to warmer areas such as the inside your house. Don’t worry though as they will not cause any damage to your home. They only eat leaves from trees. They also do not reproduce or lay eggs if they end up in your house.
You may notice on warm sunny days when the sun hits your house there are a lot of Box elder bugs all over. When this happens you may get some of the Box elder bugs inside your home. They will crawl into cracks and crevices. They can also invade your home by coming in through the windows, doors or attic vents.
The best way to treat for Box elder bugs is to remove the trees that attract them. Most of the time that isn’t possible, so prevention is key. To keep them out of your house there are a few things that a homeowner can do themselves.
- Replace or repair any damaged screens on doors and windows.
- Add door sweeps to doors that lead to the outside.
- Install or repair screens on soffit or roof vents.
- Seal and plug any holes, crack or crevices
If Box elder bugs do invade your home the best thing to do is to vacuum them up. Call Sergio’s Today (248) 932-0018 with any questions you may have. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you have over the phone or send a technician out to your home to do an inspection.