Courtesy Bruce Marlin
Beware, boxelder bugs may have a huge population explosion this fall. Turns out boxelder bugs operate on a ten year cycle. Between years seven and ten, the bugs tend to be the most reproductively active. What year are we in? Year eight.
Boxelder bug characteristics
Boxelder bugs eat a host of plants. However, they tend to favor boxelder seed pods found on female boxelder trees. If there is a female boxelder tree in you neighborhood then the odds of having a boxelder infestation increases.
Boxelder bugs seek shelter in protected places. Typical shelter areas include cracks or crevices in walls, doors, under windows and around foundations. The bugs particularly favor south and west exposures.
Boxelder bug eradication
Here are some tips if boxelder bugs sneak into your dwellings:
Lastly, remember boxelder bugs are not able to survive more than a few days indoors and are essentially harmless. So check now, make sure your house is sealed before the boxelder population explosion hits!