Boxelder Bug (Leptocoris trivittatus)
Throughout Michigan, including the entire Livingston County area, black and red bugs have been a nuisance for the past several years. During the summer months Leptocoris trivittatus, or the Boxelder bug, feeds on the flowers and seedpods of boxelder, maple and ash trees. In the fall and winter months the Boxelder bug will look for a dry warm place. Your home is prime real estate for these and other bugs looking to get out of the cold. They are generally found in concentration on the south and west sides of your home. Boxelder bugs do not lay eggs indoors, feed on fabrics or get into human food stores, but they may be an annoyance. Compared to other bugs they are better house guests.
Controlling Boxelder Bugs
Prevention is the best method of controlling the boxelder bug. During the summer months you should seal all entries into your home that may be used by this insect to gain entry. Sealing entries into your home will also help to control other bug problems. In addition to eliminating entry into your home or business, the exclusion of boxelder, maple and ash trees will remove food sources that attract the Boxelder bugs to your property.
Having a professional pest control company like Knock’Em Out Pest Control spray around your home in the early fall can have a significant impact on keeping bugs from entering your home.