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Boxelder Bug FAQs

Experiencing boxelder bug issues? Arrow Exterminating of Long Island, NYC and the 5 boroughs can help!

Eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata) on a white background

Question: Why are they called “Boxelder” bugs?
Answer: Boxelder bugs get their name from the female boxelder tree they feed on.

Question: Why are they in my house?
Answer: During the fall, they cluster around the lower tree trunk or on sunny foundation walls just before they disperse to find hiding places. After this they will over-winter in cracks and crevices until spring. During early spring you will notice them coming out of their hiding spots, often in a home or office.

Question: They come back every year, what can I do?
Answer: There are a couple of things you can do. One is to treat around the base of the boxelder tree during the summer months and again in the fall. In the fall you will want to treat the foundation of the building they are over-wintering in to keep the number down. The only sure way to eliminate them is to get rid of the tree altogether.

Question: How do they get into my home or office?
Answer: During the spring the boxelder bug will emerge, many times ending up in your home.

Question: Do they bite?
Answer: No.

Question: Does Arrow offer programs to treat boxelder bugs?
Answer: Absolutely! Arrow is a full service pest control company. Simply give us a call.

Boxelder Bug Recognition

The boxelder bug is about 1/2 inch long and brownish-black in color with red stripes on the thorax and wing margins. The body is also bright red. Eggs are a rusty red color and are not often seen since they are deposited in and on boxelder tree. The Nymph will resemble an adult but do not have fully developed wings and cannot reproduce.

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