Tis the season for boxelder bugs, and residents of Utah are certainly seeing more than usual this year.
According to KSL.com in Utah, "The little black bugs seem to be coming in droves." Residents are saying that infestations of the boxelder bugs are the worst they have seen in years. There are so many that they are beginning to outnumber the people in some of the small towns in the state.
Although boxelder bugs are around all summer, they are often not noticed much until fall when they begin to fly from the boxelder and silver maple trees in which they have been living on to the walls of homes. The bugs are beginning to seek shelter from the cooling days of fall, and if not controlled, they will sneak through cracks and crevices in the home to harbor within the structure's walls. And, all too often, appear within the rooms of your home during the winter months.
There are some things you can do to temporarily repel the bugs from the exterior of your home and eliminate any that do get in. But it is helpful to know that the bugs do not bite or sting, breed in your home, or cause structural damage, so, unlike rodents or roaches, they are more a nuisance and annoyance than a health or property hazard.