- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse...
--'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863)
No, but maybe a boxelder bug (Boisea trivittatus). In the late fall, the adults seek overwintering sites, which may include your house or garage.
The adults, about a half-inch long, are black with red or dark orange markings. Distinguishing features include red eyes and three red stripes on the thorax. Red also outlines their leathery wings. As nymphs, they are bright red.
As adults, they feed primarily on boxelder, maple, alder and ash trees but are considered a pest only when they take up residence with you.
On warm winter days, you may see them stirring around your yard or in your house.
Maybe on Christmas Eve, too.