Tips for Preventing a Boxelder Bug Invasion

A boxelder bug climbing on a branch.

The boxelder bug is another type of bug, like the stink bug, that uses their smell for protection. This species is most commonly found in the western states and are named after their love for boxelder trees. However, they can often be a nuisance found inside the home at the start of spring. 

What does a boxelder look like? 

A boxelder bug is a long oval shaped bug that usually is black in color with red or orange markings. Adults are about a half inch long and they are typically flat and have antennae. Female boxelders lay yellow eggs in clusters. These eggs turn red as they develop and newly hatched bugs are called nymphs. This species tends to congregate in large quantities on rocks, trees, and buildings, often tucking themselves into cracks and crevices to stave off the winter winds. 

Are boxelders dangerous?

Boxelders are generally more of an annoyance than a threat to humans. Unlike stink bugs, boxelder bugs have been known to puncture the skin of humans with their mouthparts. This can leave slightly irritated red bumps on your skin, similar to a mosquito bite. Additionally, their fecal matter can leave reddish streaks on places like clothing and curtains. Like stink bugs, boxelders give off a nasty odor when they are crushed or feel threatened. When cleaning them up, avoid killing them inside your house.  

How to Deal with a Boxelder Infestation with PURCOR

Like many of us humans, boxelder bugs emerge from hibernation starting in March, around the same time boxelder trees start to bud. During this time they feed on boxelder trees and other fruit trees to get strong enough to lay eggs, as mentioned earlier. Thankfully, boxelder bugs prefer the outdoors and won’t live indoors for more than a few days. If you see a boxelder bug inside your home, it may be an indication that more are lurking outdoors. 

The easiest and best way to combat a potential boxelder infestation is to contact professionals at PURCOR. We’ll be able to identify the problem and provide the right services in no time. In addition to controlling boxelders, we can provide recommendations for preventing boxelder issues through comprehensive lawn care services. When it’s time to send boxelders packing, request a free estimate from PURCOR!

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