Box Elder Bugs - Knowledgebase Question

Minnetonka, Mi
Question by wheetbix1
March 10, 2010
What can I do to get rid of box elder bugs?

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010


Boxelder bugs feed on a variety of plants, but their favorite food is boxelder seed pods, which are found only on the female boxelder tree, and occasionally maple seeds. These bugs seldom develop in sufficient numbers to be a nuisance unless a female boxelder tree is in the neighborhood.

Short of getting rid of the boxelder tree, there's not much you can do to eliminate the pests. They are not harmful, just a nuisance.

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