What Is A Boxelder Bug?
Boxelder bugs get their common name because they are often found on and around boxelder trees. This species is prevalent throughout the Eastern United States, wherever boxelder trees are found. Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance pest as they enter structures, including homes, sheds, and garages, to overwinter.
What Do Boxelder Bugs Look Like?
Boxelder bugs are black with reddish or orange markings on their back. Adult boxelder bugs have a somewhat flattened, elongated oval body shape and are about half an inch long. They have six legs and two antennae, typically half their body length. Nymphs look similar to adults but lack wings and are bright red.
Signs of an Infestation
Boxelder bugs generally become a problem when they invade homes, sheds, and garages in the fall and when they emerge in the spring. Like many overwintering pests, homeowners may see evidence of these bugs as the winter ends and they leave their overwintering site to return outdoors.
How do I avoid boxelder bug infestations?
Pest-proofing your home and property will help deter boxelder bugs, insects, and even rodents.
Sealing cracks and openings in the structure foundation.
Replacing damaged or missing siding and/or roof shingles.
Fixing or replacing screens with holes or rips.
Installing chimney caps and covers for vents.
Installing door sweeps on all exterior doors.
Blocking spaces around utility entrances.
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