Boxelder bugs can feed and develop on many different kinds of plants, including maple, ash, stonefruits (cherry, plum, peach), apple, grape, strawberry and grass. However, large numbers are typically found on female boxelder trees where nymphs and adults feed on developing seeds (Fig. 1).
In this manner, what attracts boxelder bugs?
Starting in mid-July, they move to female seed-bearing boxelder trees (fig. 3) where they lay eggs on trunks, branches, and leaves. They are rarely found on male boxelder trees. Boxelder bugs may also feed on maple or ash trees.
What kills box elder bugs?
Shake well to combine, and spray the soapy solution on boxelder bugs as you see them. There are several theories as to why soap effectively kills boxelder bugs. The leading theory is that the soap breaks down the hardened skin of the insect, causing the bug's cell membranes to deteriorate.
Do boxelder bugs bite people?
Boxelder bugs are nuisance pests. They do not sting or transmit disease, and are generally not known to bite, though there are rare reports of defensive biting. Boxelder bugs are not known to cause damage to homes or significant damage to plants. However, their feces can stain light colored surfaces.