Pest We Treat : Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs are nuisance pests that can find their way into your home through chimneys, windows, doors, and vents. While it is uncommon, boxelder bugs do have the ability to bite. However, they are mostly just annoying invaders that release an unpleasant odor when killed. As they search for warmth in the late fall months, these bugs may find their way into your home and bring in germs or create unsanitary conditions.

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How to Identify Boxelder Bugs


Boxelder bugs are in the same family as stink bugs or cicadas. They can be identified by their small, flat bodies, which range from bright red (when young), to black and orange (when adults). They do have wings, which are tucked into their bodies when they are crawling around. Mostly common in the late summer or fall months, they are attracted to warm areas and drawn to southern- or western-facing homes.

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Tips for Preventing Boxelder Bugs

  • Repair cracks and crevices
  • Install weather stripping on doors and windows
  • Remove/control boxelder trees

How My Pest Pros Helps

While boxelder bugs are generally just a nuisance pest, they can still interfere with your life and make you feel uncomfortable in your own home. At My Pest Pros, we want to help you eliminate these pests from your home and get back to feeling safe and comfortable. Thanks to our vast experience, we’ve perfected our method for Boxelder bug control, prevention, and protection.

After identifying the problem area, our pest experts will treat the area and especially common entryways to help prevent them from getting inside your home . We treat all areas of your home, but focus on bushes and trees and around entryways. The likelihood of reinfestation is high without retreatment. Our annual plans will help prevent boxelder bugs from continuing to be a problem and offer year-round protection to keep you pest-free.

We offer effective and minimally invasive solutions to people living in the Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland areas. So, if you are looking for a solution to your boxelder bug problem, call the technicians at My Pest Pros for help.

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