Inspecting For Boxelder Bugs

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Where do they hide?

Inspecting for Boxelder Bugs

You may notice black and red bugs on the outside of your home or office in the fall seasons. These insects are known as Boxelder Bugs. They are an overwintering pest, which means they will attempt to enter a home or structure as the outside temperature drops to wait out the cold winter season.

When Boxelder Bugs enter your house it is relatively difficult to remove them. The best way to take care of a Boxelder Bug infestation is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place.

Boxelder Bugs Hiding Areas Inside

Boxelder Bugs Hiding Areas

When a Boxelder Bug enters your house, they will try to find nooks, voids, and other undisturbed areas to hide in throughout the winter season. You usually do not see Boxelder Bugs inside the home during the winter. You will see them in the spring once the temperature warms, the Boxelder Bugs will then leave their hiding spots in search of food.

During the colder season, Boxelder Bugs can be found in these spots:
  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • Storage areas/sheds
  • Closets
  • Under appliances
  • Static fabrics (curtains)
  • Cracks and crevices
When it gets warmer outside Boxelder Bugs can be found:
  • Around doors and door frames
  • Around windows
  • Light fixtures

Boxelder Bugs Hiding Outside
Boxelder Bugs Outside

Boxelder Bugs are mostly spotted outside during the fall. season. They may gather together but will also be found individually.

They are found in these areas outside:
  • Boxelder and Silver Maple Trees
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Bushes
  • Sunniest side of a house
  • Outdoor sheds
  • Tree houses

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