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Most of us are familiar with the more common household pests — flies, cockroaches, ants, rodents and such. However, there is an exclusive group of insect intruders that we pest geeks refer to as occasional invaders. And like many of their insect folk, these pests come with their own set of bizarre but true facts.

Boxelder bugs get their common name from the fact that they are often found on and around boxelder trees. This species is native to the western states, but can be found from eastern Canada throughout the eastern United States, and west to eastern Nevada, wherever boxelder trees are found. These bugs are nuisance peBoxelderbugzsts in and around homes from fall through early spring.

Wacky fact! Entomologists have observed that these bugs prefer to develop on and feed on the leaves, flowers and seeds of female boxelder trees. Although these bugs tend to enter homes in droves and can be alarming to homeowners, rest assured they do not reproduce while they over-winter in your home!