Boxelder Bugs | Des Moines, IA
Boxelder Bug Appearance
A boxelder bugs appearance consists of red and black coloring along the thorax and sides and can get up to about 0.5" in length.
Boxelder Bug Behavior and Diet
Contrary to popular belief, boxelder bugs do not nest indoors all year round, but rather make their homes in maple or ash trees throughout the warmer months and then head indoors when the weather cools. Boxelder bugs enter homes through small cracks and crevices within a building, usually in search of warmth. These pests feed on boxelder trees, flowers, and new twigs.
Boxelder Bug Reproduction
The female boxelder bugs produce eggs that are reddish-brown in color and typically hide them within the bark of the selected host tree. Within a few days, the eggs will hatch into nymphs. Mature boxelder bugs are generally found surrounding branches and boughs in areas that are receiving a substantial amount of sunlight.
Signs of a Boxelder Bug Infestation
Similar to other overwintering pests, boxelder bugs invade in large quantities typically causing distress to homeowners. Therefore, it is easy to spot a boxelder bug infestation due to their preference of warm, sunny spaces. Throughout the cooler months it is not uncommon to find them on the sides of buildings receiving a lot of sun.
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