Eastern Boxelder Bugs

red bugs
Location: Wills Point – East Texas
May 11, 2011 4:20 pm
These bugs appeared this year. They have made their home in the mulch that surrounds my pool. I wanted know if you could tell me any information about these bugs. I’d like to know if I need to get rid of them to protect my kids and animals or if they were harmless.
Signature: Michelle

Immature Eastern Boxelder Bugs

Dear Michelle,
You have immature Boxelder Bugs and they are perfectly harmless, though they are frequently considered an annoyance because they can appear in prodigious numbers.  You can search through our archives where there are over twenty five postings of Boxelder Bugs or you may also check BugGuide for additional information.

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