Pest Alert – Boxelder Bugs

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boxelder bugs

Boxelder bugs love southwest facing walls especially those made of stone. This image was taken on Feb. 2, 2024 when the weather was cold at night but warm during the day. The warm stones attract the insects.

Boxelder bugs are native insects that can sometimes be a nuisance for homeowners. The black insect with orange markings is named after its host plant the native boxelder (Acer negundo). Boxelder bugs are related to stink bugs and release an odor when disturbed.

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Adult boxelder bugs.

Boxelder bugs emerge in the spring to feed on plants and seeds. Eventually they mate and the females move to boxelder trees where they lay eggs. The eggs hatch in mid-summer and the nymphal stage of the insect is bright red. The insect can appear in large quantities.

Boxelder bugs really do not hurt anything but can be a nuisance when populations are high. Keeping them off of the outside of homes is difficult. The best thing to do is to just have patience as they will go away. If the insect gets inside the home, try to catch them alive and return them to the outside.

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