Box elder bugs often gather in large groups on sunny walls of buildings

Often noticed in summer gardens because of their exotic black and red or orange coloration and the distinctive “X” formed by their overlapping wings, box elder bugs can become a serious nuisance for northern New Jersey home and business owners when fall arrives. New Jersey pest control professionals warn Bergen County residents to be on the lookout for these colorful insects. Like stink bugs and Asian lady beetles (lady bugs), box elder bugs are starting to gather on sunny building walls looking for a way to sneak inside New Jersey buildings to spend the winter. The only way to prevent box elder bugs from infiltrating your Bergen County building is to arrange for an exterior perimeter NJ pest control treatment before insects attempt to move indoors.

These insect pests typically invade Bergen County homes and Passaic County buildings from early fall to frost. Hundreds of box elder bugs may invade New Jersey buildings to overwinter in wall voids, attics, under siding or in soffits. Seeking moisture, these insects can become a serious nuisance around houseplants and in greenhouse and nursery settings. Once they have gained entry to a New Jersey building, box elder bugs usually remain hidden, although they may occasionally come out of hiding to sun themselves on south-facing interior walls. While harmless to humans, in large numbers these insects can stain walls, curtains and other surfaces with their excrement.

Box elder bugs and other insects that gain entry into northern New Jersey homes and buildings in the fall will again become a problem in the spring, New Jersey pest control experts warn. As spring days lengthen and grow warmer, overwintering insects emerge from their hiding places, once again creating a nuisance as they struggle to return outdoors where they spend the summer feeding and breeding.  If box elder bugs are causing you problems, contact ChemTec Pest Control today!