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Get control of pesky box elder bugs

Such a small bug can be a big nuisance

For most people, the box elder bug needs no introduction. This bug is about a half-inch long as an adult, black with three red lines on the thorax (the part just behind the head), a red line along each side, and a diagonal red line on each wing. The immature forms are smaller and are easily distinguished from the adults by their red abdomens and lack of wings. Box elder bugs become a nuisance in and around homes from fall through early spring in many parts of the country.

Box elder bugs feed on a variety of plants, but their favorite food is box elder seed pods, which are found only on the female box elder tree, and occasionally maple seeds. According to Colorado State University Extension, these bugs seldom develop in sufficient numbers to be a major concern unless a female box elder tree is in the neighborhood. 

 

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