What do Boxelder Bugs look like?

Boxelder bugs are a black bug that has distinctive red or orange markings. When they are at rest their wings lay flat across their back. They are sometimes confused with fireflies.

Having trouble with Boxelder Bugs?

Are boxelder bugs dangerous?

Boxelder bugs are not dangerous, they are considered to be nuisance pests. If they enter your home in large enough numbers they can cause staining on walls, upholstery and other surfaces.

Why do I have a boxelder bug problem?

Boxelder bugs will swarm the outsides of homes and buildings in the fall in order to seek the warmth of the sun. They will then find their way inside through cracks and gaps looking for a warm safe place to overwinter in.

How do you get rid of boxelder bugs?

Contact Thomas Pest Services if you need help getting rid of boxelder bugs. We offer services for residential pest control for our customers in Albany and for the Adirondack and Capital District regions. Our experts will eliminate boxelder bugs from your home and offer solutions to prevent future problems with boxelder bugs and other pests.

Boxelder bug prevention tips

To prevent boxelder bugs from invading your property you should:


  • Seal cracks and crevices in your home’s or building’s foundation.
  • Caulk any gaps present around windows or doors.
  • Fix or replace torn or ripped screen windows.
  • Trim back trees and bushes from the exterior of your home or building so that they cannot use their branches to gain easy access to your property.

At the first signs of a boxelder bug problem contact Thomas Pest Services. Serving Albany, Saratoga, the Capital District, and the Adirondack region, we're ready to help eliminate boxelder bug infestations.

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