What are boxelder bugs?

Boxelder bugs are insects that are easy for most people to identify. Their most unique physical features include piercing, sucking mouthparts, a black elongated, oval-shaped body, and an orange outlining on their wings. Young boxelder bugs are even easier to spot; while they have similar shapes as adults, they are smaller and bright red.

Boxelder bugs were named because they prefer to feed on the leaves, shoots, and stems of boxelder trees.

Are boxelder bugs dangerous?

Boxelder bugs are a good example of a nuisance pest, their presence in our homes is annoying and unwanted, but they are not dangerous. They don't bite people or spread diseases that can make us ill. Boxelder bugs also don't cause structural damage when living in our homes; however, their excrement can cause light staining on walls or fabrics.

The biggest concern with boxelder bugs is that if any die when overwintering in your home, their decaying bodies will attract other pests to your home that want to feed on them.

When out in our yards, they're not known to cause major damage to the trees they live and feed on, though, in cases of a very large infestation, they can cause some minor damage.

Why do I have a boxelder bug problem?

When the weather changes in the fall and temperatures drop, it causes boxelder bugs to seek warm, safe shelter to overwinter. When boxelder bugs live on trees near your home, the warm, sunny walls attract these insects.

As the boxelder bugs move along your house, they make their way inside through openings they come across. The problem with boxelder bugs is that not just one or two find their way into your home in Meridian, ID. Boxelder bugs tend to move indoors in large and difficult to manage numbers. Once inside, they move to secluded spots and stay until the weather warms back up in the spring. They then make their way back outside.

Where will I find boxelder bugs?

Outside, in addition to boxelder trees, boxelder bugs are found on other seed-bearing trees like cherry, ash, and maple.

After migrating indoors, boxelder bugs move to dark, warm, quiet spaces in our Idaho homes. Boxelder bugs are regularly found gathering in attics, crawl spaces, wall voids, roof eaves, and spaces under floors.

How do I get rid of boxelder bugs?

Stopping boxelder bugs before they have the chance to get into your home is the best way to avoid problems with these nuisance pests. The best way to keep boxelder bugs out of your Idaho home is to partner with us at Sawtooth Pest Control. We are a family-owned pest control company with over 18 years of combined experience and a dedication to helping families solve their home's pest problems. Speak with one of our professionals today to learn about our home pest control and commercial pest control options and how we can work together to meet your goal of a pest-free home.

How can I prevent boxelder bugs in the future?

Prevent future problems with boxelder bugs with the assistance of the professionals at Sawtooth Pest Control and the following helpful tips.

  • Don't plant boxelder trees on your property.
  • Cut back shrubs and trees from your home's exterior.
  • Seal entry points in the exterior of your house from the foundation to the roofline.
  • Use steel wool or another material to seal spaces around wires, pipes, and utilities entering your home.
  • Put mesh covers over vents leading into your house.
  • Place weatherstripping around all exterior windows and doors.