Eww! What is that bug?

This is a Boxelder bug that was in our conference room at the York Daily Record office Tuesday. Photo by Teresa Boeckel.

So there was this bug hanging around in the conference room of our office yesterday.

I snapped a picture of it with my cell phone and sent it to Timothy Abbey of the Penn State Cooperative Extension to ask him what it is. Maybe you have seen one like it around your office or home, too.

It’s called a Boxelder bug, Abbey said.

“They aren’t a plant pest, at least I have never seen them as a pest. However, they can be a nuisance insect (like brown marmorated stink bug and multicolored Asian lady beetle) because they congregate on homes in late summer/fall looking for overwintering sites,” he wrote. “They then get into homes or office buildings and walk and fly around.”

Yep, I think that bug was flying around our office last night. Our night news editor, Kate Harmon, pointed it out.

So how do you get rid of them? Abbey suggested picking or vacuuming them up and dumping them back outside. Or you can kill them.

“No insecticides indoors!” he wrote. “In the fall, they can be sprayed outside, but I don’t know if that is really warranted either.”

Have you seen this type of bug around your house? Do you try to get rid of them? If so, how?

Are there any bugs you are curious about at your property or office?

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