Boxelder Bug


Common name:
Boxelder Bug

Scientific name: Order Heteroptera, family Rhopalidae, Boisea spp.

Size: Adult--1/2"

Identification: True bugs with grayish brown to black coloring and red highlighting.

Biology and life cycle: Eggs are laid in cracks of bark and on leaves. Nymphs are bright red. Adult females hibernate in protected spots and produce two or more generations.

Habitat: Building structures, boxelder and ash trees. Will enter structures especially in the fall.

Feeding habits: Feed mainly on the seeds of female boxelder trees. They will also eat foliage and flowers of ornamental plants and orchard crops. Injury is usually minimal.

Economic importance: Little if any.

Natural control: Birds and lizards.

Organic control: Plant oil products will kill them, if it’s really necessary.

Insight: Cut down the boxelder trees if you really don't want these bugs around. They may become a nuisance by congregating on trees, porches, and walls. They don't bite or harm anything around the house.



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