The Box Elder Bug gets its name from the fact that they are mostly found on or around box elder trees. This species is primarily found on the west coast however they are also fairly common in Canada and in the Northeastern United States. Thes bugs can become a serious nuisance especially if your property is known to have numerous box elder trees there is a good chance they will attempt to enter structures, including homes, sheds, and garages during the winter months. They need to find a warmer climate to survive during the winter months.
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.
Screening or sealing cracks or other entrances into the dwelling is important.
Black with orange or red markings, like an “X”
Elongated and flat
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