Asked on Mar 18, 2012

how can i prevent boxelder bugs?

CaperniusCollette OMiriam I


I especially would like to know how to keep them and the ants from coming indoors.
9 answers
  • Addygirl
    on Mar 18, 2012

    Orange Glo wood furniture spray.. apply to clean surface rub in, shines all types of counters, walls, and around edge of walls. Smells wonderful too.. keeps those critters out of the house and out or off your kitchen

  • Walter Reeves
    on Mar 19, 2012

    Not much prevents them except vigilant spraying when you see them. They accumulate under boxelder maple, goldenrain tree and Japanese maple. They are seed eaters...harmless to humans.

  • Harrison C
    on Mar 19, 2012

    What can I plant in an area that I used to burn prunings last fall? Are there some plants that would do good and some that would not work? What vegetables would work there? How can I make that area useable for gardening vegetables? Harrison C

  • Walter Reeves
    on Mar 19, 2012

    not many plants will tolerate the high pH of the soil now. Best to dig it out and scatter it on your lawn as a liming agent....then mix soil conditioned with native soil in the original spot to get it ready for planting.

  • Linda P
    on Mar 22, 2012


  • Amy H
    on Mar 22, 2012

    I was also going to comment on the "weed"......I have TONS of this "weed" in my yard this year! Last year, I saw some. But, as you said in your post, it went to seed and flung them everywhere when anything brushed up against it. It is very pretty when in bloom, but it will take over. I am trying to pull most of them out before they come to seed. I am not sure of the name of it either. Couldn't find it in any of my books, but I don't have very comprehensive plant books.

  • Collette O
    on Jun 8, 2012

    thanks everyone

  • Capernius
    on Apr 28, 2015

    Speaking from 20 years experience with Box Elder Bugs, there is only 1 way I know to get rid of/control them. find the tree with which the colony was built upon, & cut it (the tree) down, & dispose of the wood asap. we tried sprays, powders....but nothing works except for cutting down the tree & getting rid of the wood asap. as for the stump, it need to sit for AT LEAST 2 years, before burning it out....if you hire someone with a stump grinder, the stump can be removed as soon as the tree is down & the area cleared to get the machine in. Cutting down the tree/trees, is the only sure fire method of getting rid of these bugs. they are a nuisance bug....they produce no damage to anyone or anything....

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