Thursday, September 30, 2010
Box Elder Bug
They are also known as Garage Bugs, since Box Elder Bugs invade homes to overwinter. They usually remain in walls or behind siding, where they are inactive. Like some other bugs, they produce glycerol that they use as an internal antifreeze. Often these bugs make their way deeper into our houses, usually as we turn the heat on for winter. These bugs smell and taste bad--as their coloration seems to predict--and are sometimes called stink bugs (although other bugs also share this name). They do not feed during the winter. The fact that they do not damage houses is fortunate, since there is little you can do to control an infestation of Box Elder Bugs once they get into your home. You can try vacuuming them (Iowa State University).
Posted by Dan Tallman at 7:47 AM