CONTROL OF BOXELDER BUGS

  • Control begins outside
  • Reduce harborage (debris, weeds, etc)
  • Seal points of entry (holes in masonry, screen windows, doors, cable entrances, etc.)
  • Change light bulbs to less attractive yellow
  • Screen all vents, at least 16-mesh screening
  • Ask us about preventative barriers
  • We treat areas where they nest on buildings and get into the interiors (window frames, etc.)

CHARACTERISTICS OF BOXELDER BUGS

  • Adults emerge from hibernation (late April to early May) when the boxelder buds open & fly back to their host trees
  • Feed on seeds and developing leaves
  • Also found on silver maples trees
  • Do not feed on male trees
  • In the fall, large masses congregate & may fly to nearby buildings to hibernate
  • Fecal material may cause a red stain on curtains, drapes, clothing, resting places
 

ABOUT BOXELDER BUGS

  • Major pest of boxelder trees
  • Enter structures to overwinter
  • When crushed, produce a strong odor 
  • Occasionally bite people
  • Adults about 1/2" long
  • Oval, flattened head
  • Black with reddish lines
  • Antenna, about half the length of body
  • Wings like cellophane
  • Nymphs similar to adults, lack wings
  • Females lay clusters of straw-yellow egg on stones, leaves, grass, shrubs, trees
  • Eggs turn red as they develop in 2 weeks

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