Recommends Spring Program to Address Boxelder Bug Infestations

While most homeowners worry about box elder bugs in the fall or late winter, notes that late spring and summer can be the ideal time to address your box elder bug infestation.

Minneapolis, MN, April 05, 2011 --( As springtime emerges across most of the country, one of the most opportune times to control annoying box elder bugs (also known as boxelder bugs and maple bugs) arrives as well. The authors of, a web authority on box elder bugs, suggest the late spring or early summer timeframe, as the ideal time to control your yard’s population of the pest.

“Most people only think about box elder bugs in the fall and winter, when boxelder bugs are entering the home," said Jim Johnson of "The reality is that the bugs in their nymph stage, which usually occurs between late April and June, are ripe for environmentally sensitive control techniques.”

Because box elder bugs breed on once-per-year cycles, targeting them at their nymph stage can greatly reduce the populations of the harmless but pesky bugs. recommends a new three-step approach that takes advantage of the bugs habits as well as environmentally-sensitive control techniques.

First, get rid of all bugs that have made it indoors manually by using a vacuum hose attachment. This will allow the homeowner to focus on the bugs outside, taking away the "crisis" mentality.

Second, use a plant oil-based organic pesticide at the place where the bugs breed and feed, normally on a boxelder or maple trees. Other chemicals, such as those containing the ingredients permethrin or cyfluthrin, can also be used but can be toxic so should be applied by an experienced person. Such chemicals can be applied in spare amounts to bug habitat and even building exteriors, and are very effective in getting rid of box elder bugs.

Third, control new shoots of young boxelder or undesirable maple trees using a tree pruner along with a very small dose of Roundup. Applying Roundup with a paintbrush on an open wound from a recent pruner cut is effective. This is an important step because the bugs love young trees throughout the summer.

Johnson adds that “In the late spring and summer, box elder bugs aren’t invading homes so the need to deal with them doesn’t seem as urgent. However, this can be the single best time to control the population in a local area.”

Jim Johnson
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