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Eric Vinje

Hi Sara –

Yes, Safer Insecticidal Soap will work on boxelder bugs and does not persist in the environment so it should NOT be harmful to bees. Spray at night — and not during bloom — to minimize harm to pollinators. Also, diatomaceous earth can be applied to window sills and around door jams to discourage pest entry. Crack and crevice sprays — like Don’t Bug Me — will break down quickly in the environment and are also good for this use. Here’s a couple of articles that should help:


Good luck!