Oct
05
2007

Are Boxelder bugs bursting?

I was looking around at the number of people that visit which stories on our website this morning and noticed a huge spike in traffic to this story we wrote back in 2006 on Boxelder bugs. Just yesterday alone the number of people searching for the story went from an average of 40 people to about 250 in one day. This got me wondering, are you starting to notice that seasonal invasion of these bugs?

Leave a comment here to tell us about your box elder stories. 2006 was a big year for the little buggers and I wonder what differences you might see this year.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

Or maybe it's because these guys are coming to town? Teehee.

posted on Fri, 10/05/2007 - 11:05am
eric's picture
eric says:

I went down to Harriet Island (and the road that goes along the river) yesterday during lunch to take some photos, and the boxelder bugs were EVERYWHERE.

I can't remember what they were like last year, but there sure were a lot down by the river!

posted on Fri, 10/05/2007 - 12:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I just moved into my apartment (Green Bay, WI) this August and noticed the fall invasion a few days ago. My garage door is just covered!!! I am so worried they are going to come into my house...are there any good preventative measures to keep them out of my house?

posted on Fri, 10/05/2007 - 7:03pm
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PerturbedPape says:

This is a great site. bryan kennedy- that made me laugh I didn't know that there was a band named after these bugs (or the tree). I live in Spring Lake Park, a suburb of Mpls/St. Paul and the boxelder bugs seem worse than last year but that could be my imagination. My apartment faces southeast and the building is an old highway motel so my front door goes right outside, not to an indoor hallway like a normal apartment building. Every time I open it, they fly everywhere & come inside. I hadn't thought about their nasty poo until I read the posts on last year's infestation. GROSS! I have a vacuum that I got off of the internet that electrocutes bugs when it sucks them up because I have severe arachnophobia. I never cared about using it on boxelder bugs because I feel bad executing them and am not scared to catch them and bring them outside like I am with spiders. But letting out one allows all these others to fly in so I'm going ahead. Sorry, little annoying insects! BTW the vacuum is made by Lentek and loses suction VERY quickly so I only recommend it for hardcore phobics.

posted on Sat, 10/06/2007 - 5:16pm
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Buggman says:

The box elder bugs came out in force a couple weeks ago here in Minnesota. This time of year, they are looking for a place to hibernate and, unfortunately, your house is a prime target. They will spend the entire winter in the outside walls of your home. If you see them indoors, there are most likely hundreds in your walls so it's too late to try and control them (you need to vacuum them up). It is the same situation with multi-colored Asian lady beetles.

To keep them from coming indoors, you must try and seal any cracks, gaps or crevices where they may gain entry. Generally, it is impractical to seal everything so you must supplement with a perimeter insecticide on your foundation and siding. It must also provide residual control by killing the pests that come in contact with it.

Using an insecticide to kill these bugs indoors is NOT recommended because they will die in areas where you can't remove them so they will stink and cause allergies. The only product currently on the market that is EPA-registered to control these babies OUTDOORS is Buggslayer Insecticide:

http://www.buggslayer.com

It will kill box elder bugs and Asian lady beetles you spray directly but will also kill those that come in contact with areas where you've sprayed. It is very safe and extremely effective with the killing power lasting for several weeks.

There is more information along with pictures and video on the website to prove the effectiveness. Please, take a look.

posted on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 8:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I moved into my house five years ago in western Pennsylvania and have had them every year. Tons on my house. Ussually to the best of my recollection they come in early to mid October. It's October 31 and we've only seen one so far. We're hopeful that something killed them off. I get the most of anyone in my neighborhood because of the southern exposure.

posted on Wed, 10/31/2007 - 9:21am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Has anyone noticed the box elder bugs congregating on shady walls? We get a lot of them on our sunny south facing brick wall that also abuts the blacktop driveway. (It seems like it can be 10 degrees or more warmer there.) But there is a noticeable drop-off in the bugs where the wall is more shaded and they don't congregate on the other sides of the house. I'm thinking of narrowing the driveway, replacing the blacktop with a nice gravel, and re-landscape the south side with lots of shade trees (not box elder trees, of course, hopefully oaks aren't attractive to them). So, has anyone tried adding shade?

posted on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 10:25pm
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Tom X says:

I've got dozens of them in my office building. I just did some reasearch on bugguide.net to find out what these things are and then found this site. I'm about to get on the phone to my exterminator... Not good when they land on a client's head in the middle of a meeting.

posted on Wed, 11/21/2007 - 9:36am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I bought a Roomba. This should help me keep up with the dead box elders that litter my floor every day. Doesn't really stop them from stowing away in my clothing, purse, etc., and showing up at work, in the car, or at the theater. I also enjoy when I go to take a sip of water and there's a bug in the bottle. That's always fun, spraying water and a bug all over the living room.

posted on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 2:19pm
Jason Chandler's picture
Jason Chandler says:

I am writing from Brantford in southern Ontario Canada, and my house (and the rest of my immediate neighbors homes too) has been infested this year (2007-08), it started outside in swarms, and now they are randomly, and frequently showing up all over the house inside, usually not quite dead. It's a real nuisance, and the only advice I've encountered other than potentially risky chemicals so far is to vacuum thoroughly along all baseboards and crevices, as well as exposed rafters in basement areas where possible. They're really unfortunate because the seem in no way drawn to anything specific, choosing sporadic appearances all over. I'm interested to know if they've been experiencing a population explosion, because although they are known to most as a matchbox beetle around here, none I've spoken to can recall anyone's home in our area ever having a similar problem with them infesting outside walls, and coming inside.
Good to know I'm not the only one who's had the inconvenience, your site was pretty informative, Thanks.

posted on Mon, 02/04/2008 - 8:08pm
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LaurieC says:

Hi Jason,

I live in Brant County and our house in loaded with these pesky guys. Would love to know what to do about them that won't harm the environment, kids, pets, etc.

Laurie

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 2:41pm
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MNLadyHawk says:

Mix dish soap and water. Spray the pesky thing with the soapy water and they die in minutes. Our house used to be infested. My husband used to spend summer evenings with his Hudson Sprayer filled with Dawn dishsoap and water walking around the house and garage killing boxy bugs. The soapy water kills other pests too. It's a good non-poisonous way to kill pests.

posted on Sun, 03/09/2008 - 5:05pm
Andrew's picture
Andrew says:

My wife and I have 2 dogs, one is a male rat terrier. We have trained him to eat the box elder bugs on command. He will not eat dead ones, they have to still be alive.

We shower him with praise every time, and training him was a SNAP!

Problem is, we have thousands and he's not that hungry. So, looks like I found the natural predator everyone is looking for =).

I plan to get my hands on that buggslayer stuff if it's not too expensive.

posted on Sat, 03/08/2008 - 11:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hey Friends,

I just found a new product that kills those pesky box elder bugs. Its called Box Elder B-Gone. It is a natural bio-insecticide from what i have read and it works. I used it on a few bugs i found in my house. I bought the bottle at the minneapolis home and garden show. They say there is no harmful chemicals in it and can be sprayed on anything inside and out without smelling or staining. From the research i have done they are right.

Thanks,
Undeterred
Milwaukee, Wi

posted on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 2:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I love your story

posted on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 7:43pm
Peter Monroe's picture

I imagine that you are correct. This is also about the time of the lady bug invasions.

posted on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 12:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You don't need chemicals to kill them simple dish soap mixed in water will kill them realatively quickly but not instantanios.

posted on Mon, 10/13/2008 - 8:50pm
Mark P's picture
Mark P says:

My mom found a box elder bug in our home just before Christmas. We live in North Dakota and it has been sub-zero here a lot this past month. So I had a hard time just "putting him" outside - and it was during a blizzard that we found him. It seemed too cruel even for a bug. So mom and I (I am 11) put him in a jar with some plant leaves, some dirt, and a stick. He's doing fine. His name is George.

We went online to see what (if anything!) we ought to feed him. Apparently, he'll eat any sort of plant matter!

According to info we've found online, he ought to only have survived a couple of days inside our home. Well he survived "free-range" in our home since freeze-up (in probably mid-November) until we found him in December and is now doing fine in his jar and it's January!

posted on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 10:35pm
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Dee Dee says:

I live in MICHIGAN, and OMG! these bugs are awful. They are all over my front porch, on the screen door and all over the siding. Lived here for many years, and all of a sudden one day we woke up, and those bugs havent gone away since. In the middle of winter in my basement where it is freezing, those bugs still crawl around. Freezing temps wont even kill em. Weve tried the Lemon dish soap and water mixtures Kills em dead instantly. Only to find they are all over the weeds and trees surrounding the property. It's a no win situation. You would think that the County in which we live in, that the Agriculture dept would have some clue on how to destroy them. Thinking a similar way of spraying for Mosquitos. But so far Nothing. They stain the siding, and the window trim and it gets disgusting when ya have to put a cover on your drinks in the house, as they tend to find them and end up on the rim of your drinking glass. I hope soon someone comes up with ridding these for good.

posted on Sat, 07/18/2009 - 3:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont like being bit in my sleep by these little pests
first one ive seen inside so far
my front yard has an oak tree but my neighbors have 3-4 maples

posted on Sat, 10/10/2009 - 1:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am going insane here (Southeastern WI) there have always been a few every year. but this is nuts. I have literally taken out at least a THOUSAND from inside the house.
It is a very old sprawling place built in 1865 and I know it has many cracks and crevices and I swear they have found every one of them.
at first I vacuumed. now it is hand to hand. Get them on a piece of wide masking tape and squish.
Every time I think I have them all in some area where I am trying to work, there are another five or six. It is constant.
I AM LOSING IT!!!!
Mary K

posted on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 8:36am
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andrea says:

We live in Minnesota. I have a pug and she loves eating these bugs! I've tried to get her to eat other bugs that wonder into the house but no way is she having any of that. So now, when I see one of these bugs in the house, I say, "Get the Bug!" She always eats it! She loves them!

Andrea

posted on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 12:47pm
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ruxyrux says:

Last year I had my house invaded by boxelder bugs and it was awful. I've bought different substances which were for killing them but none of them worked. This is why I've decided to hire a cleaning company and they helped me to get rid of these household pests. I don't know what products they used but they were very good.

posted on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 3:39pm

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