The boxelder bug is coming out again this spring and it’s a pest! It is found primarily on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees in East Tennessee. These pests are fairly long with a dark brown or black coloration, relieved by red wing veins and markings on the abdomen and are fairly annoying. They have been known to pierce plant tissues while feeding, causing damage to your plants and their congregation habits can be annoying for people. Boxelder bugs are not known to bite, but their piercing-sucking mouthparts can occasionally puncture skin, causing a slight irritation and producing a red spot similar to a mosquito bite. When crushed or handled roughly, boxelder bugs may leave a reddish orange stain from their fecal material that can result in discoloration of curtains, drapes, clothing, etc.
Have you been bothered by the Boxelder bug? If so call Preferred Pest Termite & Turf to get rid of these pests! Don’t let them ruin your home and outdoor fun. Call us today at 865.297.3789