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What Are Boxelder Bugs?

If boxelder bugs are visiting your property, you’re likely to notice it. These bugs come by the hundreds, and even thousands. When they do, they cling to walls, congregate on sills, and cover screens. And, when they get inside, it is even more noticeable. Let’s take a look at these bugs up close and personal and discuss ways you can deal with them.

What do boxelder bugs look like?

The boxelder bug is a flat, elongate-oval shape with six legs, two long antennae, and wings. An adult is a mixture of black and reddish coloration. An immature nymph has more red in its color. These insects grow to be around 1/2 an inch in length.

What threat are boxelder bugs?

When boxelder bugs get into a home they can use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to puncture the skin and leave red bumps. They can also stain drapes, curtains, tapestries, upholstered furniture, clothing, and other fabrics with their reddish-orange droppings.

Why are boxelder bugs trying to get in?

These insects feed on the developing seeds of boxelder trees. If you have these trees in your yard, it is likely that you’ll have boxelder bugs. They are also known to feed on various plants, maple trees, ash trees, and fruit. But boxelder bugs will not come into your yard just to feed. When the temperature drop, they come seeking harborage.

How do I keep boxelder bugs out?

For assistance with boxelder bugs in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota, contact Adam’s Pest Control. Our QualityPro-certified team will help you keep your home a bug-free zone.

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