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Invasion of the Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs became active this spring with the increase in heat and light in April. In their attempt to revive and head for the outdoors, many are accidentally diverted to living spaces, like front porches, attic bedrooms and, the most cause for concern, the new baby's bedroom.

The good news is that they don't give a fig for anything except boxelders. In fact, the overwintering adults will seek out seed bearing boxelders for egg laying and their offspring feeds on the seeds. So if boxelder bugs do invade your home, unless you have a seed bearing boxelder growing in your living room, they will not do any damage to the inside of your house. You may occasionally find them around house plants but they are seeking moisture and not your plant leaves. The bugs must return to the boxelder to lay eggs in the spring and any that become trapped in your home will eventually die. There will just be a HUGE mess to clean up.