How to Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs with Natural Home Remedies
Boxelder bugs are relatively harmless but they should be removed as quickly as possible as their feces can leave stains on light-colored surfaces and they can also leave a foul odor when smashed. Here are the simple remedies we suggest to get rid of these bugs inside the house.
Catch Them with Beetle Traps
Set up these Bag-a-Bug beetle traps along the perimeter of the house. Each trap contains a lure that attracts the boxelder bugs inside the bag and traps them. This product also works well for other annoying bugs such as Japanese beetles. You will need a few refill bags to make sure this trap lasts the whole pest season.
Clear the Bugs Up with a Vacuum
If you are dealing with a fairly large infestation then an industrial vacuum might be what’s just needed to clear them away. There are a couple of approaches you can take when using a vacuum. One method is to tightly secure a stocking along the opening of the vacuum hose to catch the bugs and prevent them from getting sucked into the canister. Another method is to use a wet-dry shop vac. Fill the tank with soapy water to immediately drown any boxelder bugs that get caught.
Drown the Boxelder Bugs with a Hose
It could be as simple as using a strong stream of water to wash the boxelder bugs away. If they have congregated along the exterior walls of the house then just wash them away with a garden hose. The stream of water will be enough to kill the younger bugs. You could also try spraying them with soapy water to boost the effectiveness of this method.
This method also works for other nuisance pests including aphids. Make sure you stand at a safe distance before you start the garden hose.
Caulk & Seal Gaps
Boxelder bugs typically make their way inside homes through windows, doors, vents, and any cracks and holes along the exterior of the house. Identify all potential openings along the house and find a way to block them, at least during the peak pest season. For example, you can add weatherstrips along the side of doors and windows (which also helps with insulation by the way). You can install tiny-gap meshes on vent openings to prevent bugs from going through.
Clear Away Outdoor Hiding Spots
Comb through the yard and lawn space and remove any objects or debris that may provide a hiding spot for the boxelder bugs. This may include stacks of dead wood, rock piles, and overgrown shrubs.