- About 1/2 inch long
- Bright red or black in color
- Narrow reddish lines on their back
- Reproduce year-round in warm areas – your home!
- Much of the United States.
- Enter homes in the fall, seeking winter shelter
- Like protected areas, often in wall voids or in attics
- Come out in the spring to find host trees to feed and lay eggs
- Suck juices from boxelder tree
- Not unusual to find them feeding on other plants as well
- Cause no major damage inside homes; droppings stain curtains and other resting sites
- Do not bite; piercing, sucking mouthparts may penetrate skin and cause a little irritation
- Emit a foul odor when crushed