Box Elder Bugs

Color: Black with orange or red markings, like an “X” Size: 1/2″
Legs: 6 Antennae: Yes
Shape: Elongated and flat Region: N/A

Habits

Normally feed on the leaves, flowers, and seed pods of the boxelder tree or silver maple. Large infestations are usually on the female, or pod-bearing, tree. While they may feed on male boxelder trees and other trees and plants, they usually do not build up to such large numbers.

Habitats

The adults’ search for a place to overwinter brings them into houses where they hide in small cracks and crevices in walls, door and window casings, attics, and around the foundation. During warm days in winter and early spring they come out and scatter through the house. They are primarily a nuisance as they crawl or fly about in the rooms.

Threats

Prevention

Screening or sealing cracks or other entrances into the dwelling is important.