How do I get rid of box elder bugs inside?

Question: Can you effectively get rid of box elder bugs from inside the house? Please tell me about the plan and how it works. What is the estimated cost?

ANSWER: Boxelder bugs (Boisea trivittatus) aren’t a hearty pest, but they are certainly a nuisance. The first order of business is to determine how they are getting into your home. They are coming in looking for shelter. They do not bite or sting, but in large numbers they can stain surfaces with their droppings. Make sure your screens are in a good state or repair, there are no gaps in your home’s siding, there are no gaps around windows and doors, and any plumbing, wiring, cable, etc. is sealed at the point where it comes through the exterior wall.

 

Beyond this, additional treatments may be necessary. Call your local Orkin Branch Office and a highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist will inspect your home, recommend areas that you need to seal and develop a customized, scientifically proven treatment that best fits your situation. The cost of the treatment will be discussed at that time.

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