Boxelder Bug

Category: Miscellaneous

Scientific Name: Boisea trivittata



Color: Black with red or orange markings on back

Size: ½ inch long

Region: Found throughout the United States

Lifespan: 1 year

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Important Considerations:

  • Although not prone to biting, boxelder bugs can in fact pierce the skin and cause irritation similar to a mosquito bite.
  • These bugs feed on tree seeds and leaves which can lead to discoloration of plants.
  • You should not attempt to kill any boxelder bugs that are living in wall voids. Larger beetles will be attracted to the dead boxelder bugs which can lead to a bigger issue.


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

During the daytime, boxelder bugs can often be found on the sides of homes or buildings resting in the sun. They make their homes under tree stumps, debris, or inside houses. Usually, an infestation begins in the winter as the bugs seek shelter, but isn’t evident until they emerge again in the spring.