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Box elder bugs and silver maple

Q&A

I have a silver maple tree on the east side of my home and haven’t had any issues for the 3 years I’ve lived here (other than the constant litter from it) until now. In the past week it appears I’ve gotten an infestation of box elder bugs, they often are congregating on the siding/windows/front door of the house and are quite the nuisance. I’m assuming the wet spring (relative to the last couple years) has been the cause. Any suggestions for controlling and eliminating the infestation? I’d prefer not to remove the tree as it is the only mature tree in the front yard. Any help would be greatly appreciated before it gets worse! - Greg -

Comments

  1. 11 months, 1 week ago

    Box elderbugs can not be eliminated but can be controlled thru habitat modification. Please refer to the link for complete information http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/mf2580.pdf

    Amy JoCO EMG

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