Boxelder bugs are identified by their reddish or orange markings on their back. You’ll see them in the fall where they tend to congregate on warm rocks, trees, or buildings where the sun hits. In the winter they seek shelter in homes or businesses where crevices allow them entrance. They will insulate themselves in those crevices for protection from the cold winter weather.
They are not known to bite, however, if handled they may attempt to suck on your skin which can puncture the skin and lead to an irritation similar to a mosquito bite. If crushed the boxelder bug can produce a pungent odor. It is best to remove them by extraction. If you have seen boxelder bugs on your property, please contact your local EcoShield branch and we will assist you with their removal.
The best method for boxelder control is prevention. They are considered to be an “overwintering pest," which means they enter your home to escape the cold during winter. Although they don’t reproduce when in this state, they can enter your home and become a nuisance in your home. To effectively prevent bugs that overwinter, make sure you seal up any cracks in your home, especially around windows, vents, and doors. Once they have infested a structure, professional pest control services are the only solution to complete boxelder bug control.