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Pest Status

They are mistakenly also called the “stink bug”. They may pierce plant tissues while feeding. They are not known to cause significant damage and are not considered to be agricultural pests.

They may form large aggregations while sunning themselves in areas near their host plant (e.g. on rocks, shrubs, trees, and man-made structures). However, their congregation habits and excreta can annoy people; thus, they are considered nuisance pests.

This is especially a problem during the cooler months, when they sometimes invade houses and other man-made structures seeking warmth or a place to overwinter. They remain inactive inside the walls (and behind siding) while the weather is cool.

When the heating systems revive them, some may falsely perceive it to be springtime and enter inhabited parts of the building in search of food, water, and conspecifics.

In the spring, the bugs leave their winter hibernation locations to feed and lay eggs on maple or ash trees; aggregations may be seen during this time and well into summer and early fall, depending on the temperature.

Box Elder Bugs congregating on a tree trunk and sunbathing
in fall season in Halton Region, Ontario.
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Box Elder Bugs (aka Garage Beetle) sunbathing
on the branches of a small shrub in Halton Region.
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