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Boxelder Bug Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Boxelder Bugs In Brighton, MI

Boxelder bugs in Brighton, Michigan, are common outdoor pests that often find their way into our homes. They are not the most well-known household pests, but keeping them out of your home is essential. Learn about these unique-looking insects with the help of the information in our pest guide.

What are boxelder bugs?

Adult boxelder bugs are oval, somewhat flattened, and grow to about half an inch in length. They have a black body with reddish-orange markings along the edges of the front wings. Another important physical feature is their piercing, sucking mouthparts they use to suck sap from the leaves and seeds of their host trees.

These pests are often referred to as occasional invaders. While they spend the majority of their lives outside, they will occasionally use our homes and other manmade structures as a place of shelter.

Are boxelder bugs dangerous?

Boxelder bugs are not dangerous, but they are problematic and annoying. These pests swarm their host trees, crawling over them in large numbers and using them as a food source. The good news is that even in big numbers, boxelder bugs don’t cause lasting damage to healthy trees. More good news is that they don’t bite, sting, or otherwise harm people.

Boxelder bugs inside our homes are annoying because they invade in difficult-to-manage numbers. As they crawl over surfaces, they will stain walls and upholstery with their excrement, and when crushed, they emit a foul, unpleasant odor.

While boxelder bugs are not dangerous, whenever you are given the option, you should always choose not to share your home with these pests!

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