Boxelder Bug Pest Control Toronto, Brampton and the GTA

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Boxelder Bugs are insects found primarily on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees. The adults are about 12.5 millimetres long with a dark brown or black colouration, relieved by red wing veins and markings on the abdomen; nymphs are bright red. These highly specialized insects feed almost exclusively on the seeds of Acer species.


In the spring, the bugs leave their winter hibernation locations to feed and lay eggs on maple or ash trees; aggregations may be seen during this time and well into summer and early fall, depending on the temperature.


This allows them to form conspicuous aggregations without being preyed on. Although they specialize on Acer seeds, they may pierce plant tissues while feeding.

This is especially a problem during the cooler months, when they sometimes invade houses and other man-made structures seeking warmth or a place to overwinter.




When the heating systems revive them, some may falsely perceive it to be springtime and enter inhabited parts of the building in search of food, water, and conspecifics.

Boxelder bugs look for warm places to live when the colder weather hits and that can mean you’ll need to take steps to prevent an infestation in your home. Remember to take into account the facts that adults can fly short distances from locations onto your property and that the female box elder tree is more susceptible to infestation.

If you noticed boxelder bugs in your home or work it is better to call City Pest Control now to avoid more costly extermination when the problem has spread. They can multiply under the right conditions so you’ll want to be proactive when looking at the right pest control techniques and consider moving or pruning the trees they prefer from around you home.

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