Boxelder bugs get their name because you usually find them around Boxelder trees, which are native to North Dakota and Minnesota. They are black with reddish-orange markings on their backs. You’ll notice them most often in the fall and then again in the spring after the thaw.
How Do I Keep Boxelder Bugs Away?
Like with many other pests, the key to keeping these guys out of your home is to make sure that the building is air-tight (i.e., seal up any cracks that would provide them entry). Don’t kill them inside your walls as their carcasses could actually lure other pests.
Similar to the Asian lady beetles, your best removal method is with a vacuum cleaner. Clean the bag and filter afterward. Professional pest control services can be especially necessary to help you determine where these pests are entering your home and prevent future infestations.