How to Kill Box Elder Bugs

Box Elder Bugs seem to be a never-ending issue for many people in the United States. They show up around windowsills, inside lights, and anywhere to make you squirm. If you are looking to remove box elder bugs from your property here are a few solutions to help your situation.

 

Make Your Own Organic Box Elder Bug Insecticide

Most insects breathe through their skin, so blocking those passageways can suffocate them and kill box elder bugs in your home. If you do not want to use pesticides with harmful chemicals, you can keep a simple solution of soap and water in a spray bottle. This should be enough to kill box elder bugs safely.

 

Make Your Own Organic Box Elder Bug Bait

You can always lure a box elder bug with sugar and use a bit of boric acid to kill them. With a three-to-one mixture of powdered sugar (3) and boric acid (1) you can lure box elder bugs to you bait and kill them on site. Boric acid is not toxic to humans or pets, but my irritate the skin – so keep it out of reach. Behind refrigerators, in the back of cabinets, and under sinks are good spots to place your bait.

 

Seal Up Cracks and Holes

Using a tube of caulk and a caulking gun, you can begin to fill in cracks and holes where box elder bugs can find a way in. Inside pantries, between countertops and walls, and baseboards are all areas that box elder bugs can find their way in. Also make sure your screen doors and windows are in good shape. Once you’ve sealed up these areas, you can vacuum up can box elder stragglers. Using a shop-vac is a great option to avoid crushing the bugs and releasing that horrible smell.

 

We hope you have found these tips helpful for your own DIY pest control methods. If you find something even more effective, be sure to share with us and others what solutions help kill box elder bugs.