Boxelder Bug

a bug from Eastern Ontario
We had thousands of these insects on our old wooden house in the fall, clustered in little groups. Now in winter, they’re showing up inside too.Is there anything we should know about them? Will they eat our garden, our socks, our house? Or can we live in harmony with them?

Hi Rose,
Boxelder Bugs form large aggregations on boxelder, maple and other trees. They are a nuisance in the home since they seek shelter when cold weather arrives. They will not harm your home. You should be able to find many claims online, including some of our advertisers, who guarantee to rid you of Boxelder Bugs. We have heard that spraying them with soapy water is very effective.

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