Keeping Boxelders and Stink bugs at Bay With On The Fly Pest Solutions

It’s the subtle moments that can be the most frustrating; walking into a room and finding a curious stink bug on the ceiling or a swarm of boxelder bugs clambering over a windowsill. Both are largely harmless, but their presence can be a persistent annoyance to many homeowners. On The Fly Pest Solutions understands these frustrations and is dedicated to empowering homeowners with the knowledge and tools to effectively manage these critters.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore methods for identifying and dealing with boxelder bugs and stink bugs. We’ll also discuss how On The Fly Pest Solutions helps turn the tide against these insects, ensuring a more peaceful household for you and your family.

Understanding Boxelder Bugs and Stink Bugs

What are Boxelder Bugs?

Boxelder bugs, named after their favored host, the boxelder tree, are characterized by their red or orange stripes, which provide a stark contrast against their dark wings. Boxelder bugs are a type of true bug and, like other true bugs, have a specialized beak for feeding on plant sap. While they aren’t harmful to humans or property, they can be a nuisance, especially in large numbers.

The Enigma of Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are slightly larger and broader than boxelder bugs and get their name from the unpleasant odor they release when threatened or squashed. They have become an invasive species in many parts of the United States, congregating in homes during the colder months to seek warmth. Their presence indoors can be a persistent annoyance, but fortunately, they do not reproduce inside.

Identifying the Annoyance: Boxelder Bugs or Stink Bugs?

The similarities between boxelder bugs and stink bugs can lead to misidentification. Here’s how you can tell them apart:

Boxelder Bugs:

  • Have distinctive red or orange markings on their back.
  • Are about a half-inch long.
  • Gather in large numbers during the fall on warm surfaces, such as the sunny side of homes, seeking shelter.
  • Are plant-feeders and can sometimes be found congregating around female boxelder trees.
  • Are less likely to enter homes than stink bugs.

Stink Bugs:

  • Come in various shades but commonly brown or gray.
  • Are about three-quarters of an inch long.
  • Release a foul-smelling liquid when threatened.
  • Form aggregations in the fall, similar to boxelder bugs, and can enter homes in large numbers.
  • Are shield-shaped, with a wide body compared to boxelder bugs.

Misidentifying these pests can lead to ineffective management. Fortunately, On The Fly Pest Solutions is equipped to tackle either insect head-on, should misidentification occur.

On The Fly’s Approach to Pest Management


The first step On The Fly Pest Solutions takes is a comprehensive inspection of your property. Our specialists are trained to identify problem areas where pests may be entering your home or areas where they gather in large numbers outdoors.

Customized Plan

Once the inspection is complete, a customized plan is created for your home. This may include sealing entry points, applying barrier treatments around the home, and making recommendations to minimize attractants such as wood piles and compost heaps.


Traditional treatments involve the application of residual insecticides to the exterior of the home to prevent pests from entering. On The Fly is also a proponent of integrated pest management, which utilizes a combination of methods, including biological controls and modifying the environment, to manage pests effectively.


Pest control is rarely a one-time event. On The Fly Pest Solutions offers ongoing monitoring and follow-up services to ensure that your home remains pest-free.

DIY Pest Management Tips for Homeowners

While professional pest control services provide the most effective and thorough treatment, there are some steps homeowners can take to reduce the presence of boxelder bugs and stink bugs:

Seal Entry Points:

  • Inspect your home for gaps in windows, doors, and foundation.
  • Seal any openings using caulk or weather stripping to prevent bugs from entering.

Reduce Outdoor Attractants:

  • Boxelder bugs feed on boxelder trees and stink bugs on various crops.
  • Remove boxelder, maple, and other host trees near the home, when possible.
  • Keep vegetation around the home trimmed and tidy.

Vacuum or Sweep Up:

  • Regularly vacuum or sweep up boxelder bugs or stink bugs that do make it into your home.
  • Seal and dispose of the vacuum bag or debris in a tightly covered trash can.

Reduce Indoor Clutter:

  • Clutter provides hiding spots for pests.
  • Keep indoor areas clutter-free to reduce indoor pest presence.

Benefitting from Community Knowledge:

  • Stay informed about the seasonal patterns of boxelder bugs and stink bugs.
  • Your local farm extension office can be a valuable resource for knowing when these pests are most active in your area.

Conclusion: A Pest-Free Home with On The Fly Pest Solutions

Whether you’re facing a stink bug infestation or a boxelder bug problem, On The Fly Pest Solutions is committed to providing homeowners with peace of mind. Through inspections, customized treatment plans, and ongoing support, we ensure that your home is a sanctuary, free from the persistent annoyances of these insects.

Remember, identifying and managing these pests is only half the battle. Preventative measures are crucial to keeping them out for the long term. With the knowledge gained in this blog post and the professional services of On The Fly Pest Solutions, you can take back your home from these pesky invaders.

Don’t let boxelder bugs and stink bugs spoil your living experience. Contact On The Fly Pest Solutions today and reclaim your home.