Please also refer to the methods and steps recommended under the tab Infestation
Box elder trees are the main source of food for box elder bugs. Remove the female trees, which bear the seeds the box elder bugs eat, from your property. Eliminating their main food supply should greatly reduce the box elder bug population. You can cut down the box elder trees yourself using a hand saw or chain saw. Check ahead of time to make sure the tree has a clear landing path before cutting it down to avoid any collateral damage. You can also hire a professional service to come in and remove the trees for you.
You can take steps to ensure box elder bugs don't invade your home by removing debris located close to your home's perimeter. Box elder bugs like to burrow beneath leaves and logs during the winter and can easily migrate from these hiding places to your home. Placing logs or organic piles far away from your home will discourage the box elder bugs from relocating to your property.
Prevention is your best defense when it comes to box elder bugs. Repair or replace window and door screens, seal openings such as cracks or the space around your cable wire, move piles of wood or other items from the base of your house (they're tempting wintering locations for box elder bugs), and install door sweeps or rubber liners on the bottoms of all entry doors (including your garage door). Using caulk to seal any crevices or gaps in your home's exterior, as well as weather stripping your doors and windows, will also help keep box elder bugs from finding ways to enter your home.
If box elder bugs are congregating on an exterior wall of your home, use your hose to spray them away. A hose isn't going to keep them from coming back, but this measure may minimize the numbers that enter your home.
If you're interested in a long-term prevention method, consider planting a tree that will eventually provide shade on the sunniest walls of your home. Box elder bugs tend to swarm on the sunniest, warmest walls, so a shade tree can help. (Just don't plant a box elder, maple or ash tree!) A retractable sun shade can also help.
Please be sure to read our How To Use article to learn how to treat the inside of your home as well.
Use a Vacuum
A shop vac is a simple but effective tool you can use to rid your home of box elder bugs. Connect a hose attachment to you shop vac, switch on the vac and vacuum up any box elder bugs you find indoors. Discard the dead box elder bugs in a wastebasket or outside when you are done.
Soap and CEDAR-AL cedar oil
Try to eliminate as many of the bugs as you can by using a soap solution about 4 percent dish soap to a bowl of hot water. Poor the solution into a spray bottle and spray the solution on the box elder bugs. Contact with the solution should prove fatal to the bugs, but will not harm any plants in your lawn or garden. Then spray your windows thoroughly with CEDAR-AL cedar oil. This will prevent them from returning. Continue as often as you think necessary. You will notice, along with the preventative steps mentioned above and on our website, they will relocate their residence.
Back in the early 80’s Glen Orr was taking a leisurely lunch break in a lumber yard when he saw a deer rolling in a pile of cedar chips. Curious, he asked his boss if he knew why the deer was doing this. He learned that deer instinctively know that cedar keeps off tics and fleas off, and are known to roll on fallen cedar trees for this reason.
Glen set about extracting cedar oil from the Northwestern Red Cedar tree by putting shavings into a steam distiller made from an old hot water heater. He worked closely with a chemist from a lab in Seattle to blend the extracted oil with water to make it safe to use on humans and pets, while keeping it strong enough to be an effective natural bug repellent. The chemist also blended the cedar oil in a natural baby shampoo formula and it became as popular as the cedar oil. In 1985 CEDAR-AL, Scandinavian for cedar oil, was born. The same lumber yard and laboratory still work together to provide CEDAR-AL customers with the same cedar oil they have come to love.
Eddie Bauer stocked CEDAR-AL cedar oil and pet shampoo on every shelf of every one of their stores for over a decade, until they discontinued most of their outdoor items to become a clothier instead. Glen Orr walked off into the woods never to be heard from again. His partner, Roberto Martinez was left holding the remnants of Glen’s dream.
CEDAR-AL remained dormant until 2005 when Roberto met, fell in love, and married Elise Crawford. With her children nearly grown, she gladly hung up her nurse’s cap and worked alongside Roberto to nurture CEDAR-AL back to life. Since then, a new label was created for CEDAR-AL, two new products have come on board, cedar oil carpet shampoo and an enzyme cleaner, Triple Action Plus, and an online store was created. When a photo of the original label was posted on the website, former Eddie Bauer customers flocked to the website, so relieved that CEDAR-AL wasn’t lost to them forever.
"We use the cedar shampoo for our dog and our son's dog. We use the cedar spray for the bedding, small amount under his bedding. Plus I spray in our musty cellar. I also spray around the door ways and windows to help keep bugs away. I spray in my cedar closets to freshen them up also. I put on cotton balls under furniture and in cupboards to freshen those places. It is sprayed on cotton balls and I make little scarves for my pets, with that oil and lavender that I grow to repel fleas when he is playing outside. I use it actually everywhere. Also in my blanket chest to store seasonal clothes and blankets. Soooo much better then moth balls. Spray my screens with it. I love the stuff, as you can see. It is simply a wonderful fresh smell. Some goes in my wash water every once in a while to wash floors also, just a tiny amount. There are many uses for it. I dilute it in a spray bottle with water to spray around my house and closets. So as not to be too strong or irritating to the nose or skin if comes in contact, plus it helps to go further for me as I do use it a lot!!! Thank you for your wonderful products. I always tell people about you, keep up great smelling products!"
Roberto and Elise Martinez
Ma and Pa CEDAR-AL
Mother Nature’s Pest Control Since 1985
Welcome to cedaroil.com the home of CEDAR-AL products. We are a family-based business since 1985. You may remember our products sold at Eddie Bauer before they switched to an outfitter store. The same product you love and remember is sold here. Our mission has always been to provide natural and environmentally safe products. We pride ourselves in that we give customers another choice, a safer alternative, rather than one with long term risks in comparison to systemic risky topical flea treatments and DEET products.
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