Boxelder bugs are a species of insects native in the western part of the United States, but quite common in the eastern areas as well as in Nevada. They derive their name from the boxelder tree on the seeds of which the bugs feed, but the tree is not the only component of the diet of these bugs – they are frequently found on maple trees and ash trees as well.
Boxelder bugs are around half an inch long and they are black, with thin, red and orange markings on their back. They spend most of the year on the trees that they feed on, but they can cause serious problems to homes in fall and in winter when they leave their trees and seek shelter for the winter.
If you suspect that boxelder bugs have invaded your home, the best way to get rid of the infestation is to call a pest control expert. Make sure the expert uses tree and lawn care products that won’t harm your grass. You can try to seal the entryways that the bugs can use, such as holes, cracks and crevices in the walls and you can use a vacuum cleaner to solve the problem temporarily, but do not try to kill the bugs while they are in your walls because dead boxelder bugs attract beetles and you only risk making matters worse.