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What do boxelder bugs look like?

Boxelder bugs are oval-shaped, slightly flattened insects that are primarily black with red or orange markings. They are approximately ½-inch long, have six legs, and a pair of antennae.

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Where do boxelder bugs live?

Boxelder bugs are usually found around certain types of trees including boxelder trees, maple trees, and ash trees. During certain times of the year, they may be found indoors.

Are boxelder bugs harmful?

Boxelder bugs are generally not harmful to humans. They do not bite, sting, or transmit diseases. They are considered to be nuisance pests when they gather in large numbers in or on homes.

Do boxelder bugs damage plants or structures?

Not typically. Although boxelder bugs may feed on seeds, newly developing leaves and occasionally on the fruits of certain trees, they are not considered a threat.

Inside a home, boxelder bugs may cause a red staining on curtains, clothing, and other fabrics.

Are boxelder bugs the same as stink bugs?

No, boxelder bugs are different from stink bugs. While both are considered nuisance pests, only stink bugs release an unpleasant odor when disturbed.

Why do boxelder bugs invade homes?

In the fall, boxelder bugs will move indoors in order to find shelter from the cooler weather.

How do boxelder bugs get inside?

Like other insects, they typically enter homes through small cracks and gaps in search of overwintering sites.

Do boxelder bugs reproduce inside homes?

No, when boxelder bugs overwinter inside homes and other buildings, they do not reproduce.

What do boxelder bugs eat?

As we mentioned above, these insects eat fallen seeds of boxelder trees, as well as a couple of other trees, new leaves, and fruit from some  trees. When they’re overwintering inside homes and other structures, they do not eat anything.

What are the signs of a boxelder bug infestation?

Boxelder bugs are usually observed in the fall when they’re finding warm shelter and, in the spring, when they’re returning outside. Signs of a boxelder bug infestation may include adult bugs clustering together in large groups on the sides of homes and buildings, especially the sunny sides. You might also see them inside near windows, doors, and other entry points.

Is it hard to get rid of boxelder bugs on your own?

When you see boxelder bugs in your home, you can vacuum or sweep them up but this won’t necessarily stop the infestation. The best way to address boxelder bugs, is to contact a pest control company for an appropriate pest treatment.

How do I get rid of boxelder bugs?

At Harris Pest Control, we offer boxelder bug control in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions that includes a treatment process that has been perfected over our 50 years of existence. Our approach is scientific, thorough, and effective. Reach out today for a free boxelder bug inspection!

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