Boxelder Bugs

What are boxelder bugs?

As you may have guessed, boxelder bugs get their name from the trees they are often found on. These insects have long, oval-shaped bodies that are black with reddish-orange markings. Boxelder bugs grow to about 1/2 an inch long and have long antennae.

a swarm of box elder bugs up close on a wood pile in la verkin utah

Are boxelder bugs dangerous?

Boxelder bugs are far more of a nuisance than they are a danger. Although not known to bite, their mouthparts can occasionally pierce the skin, leaving a red mark behind. The greatest problems boxelder bugs cause are from their fecal matter that can sometimes leave red stains on upholstery and give off an unpleasant odor when they are squished.

Why do I have a boxelder bug problem?

Boxelder bugs usually become a problem for people in the fall when they begin to look for a warm place to overwinter. They often gather together in large groups on the sunny side of buildings, then look for a way inside. Once inside, boxelder bugs will hide within the walls to stay warm through the winter. It’s usually not until spring that homeowners realize they have a boxelder bug problem. That’s when the bugs come out of their hiding spots to look for a way to get back outside, but they often end up inside the home instead.

Where will I find boxelder bugs?

Outside
Outside, you may find boxelder bugs on or around boxelder trees. They also like maple, plum, and apple trees. When fall arrives, you may see them in large groups congregating in sunny areas on rocks and the sides of buildings.
 
Inside
In your home, they spend the winter within your walls. When the weather warms, they will come out of hiding and you may start seeing them in your home, congregating in sunny areas around windows or doors.

How do I get rid of boxelder bugs?

While it’s tempting to want to squish the ones you see, be prepared for the smell that accompanies this action. A better course of action is to vacuum up the boxelder bugs you see, then immediately dispose of the vacuum bag. For large infestations, it’s best to call in the professionals from Pickett Pest Control.

Attempting to kill boxelder bugs within your walls could lead to further pest problems as other bugs enter your home to eat the carcasses. Pickett can remove your boxelder problem efficiently and effectively. Contact Pickett today!

How can I prevent boxelder bugs in the future?

When it comes to boxelder bug prevention in your Utah home or business, a good place to start is by:

  • Sealing all the holes, cracks, and crevices around your home’s foundation and walls.

  • Repairing any tears or holes in window screens and install door sweeps on external doors.

 

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