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The Year of the Boxelder Bug....
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Ron from IL    Posted 09-12-2003 at 09:26:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, this seems to be their year! We've lived here for 11 years now and have seen nary a one, but this year, they are EVERYWHERE! They're still small, for the most part, but are starting to 'mound up' on the sides of the house and on trees outside. We had them when we lived in town, in '88 I believe. They were so bad that we called the exterminator in to spray for them. He came just as we were leaving to go on vacation. When we got back a week later, there was AT LEAST a 6" deep pile of them between the storm door and the inside door. I hope they don't turn out that bad this year! Anyone else have this problem?

Ron


we had a bad spring    Posted 09-12-2003 at 11:17:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
with them.

I use warm very soapy water to kill them...cheap dish liquid works fine. I kill them by the thousands this way and it isn't toxic. The soap softens their exoskeleton and they die in a few minutes.

Nothing seems to eat these things, I wonder what their purpose in life is?

tom a


Ron from IL    Posted 09-12-2003 at 11:37:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Tom!

I've got an extra pump-up sprayer that'll work for that. The wife sprayed them with regular bug killer, and I think that they actually liked it! Probably used it for salad dressing on our plants. That soapy water solution sounds like a Jerry Baker idea--he's always using common household items for this or that (sometimes they actually work!).

Thanks again!

Ron


Jimbob    Posted 09-12-2003 at 11:09:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nothing unusual in Northern lower MI this year. A few more grasshoppers, but free ranging chickens keep them down. I seem to find a few more common flies, but not many blue-bottle type.

Mosquitos were very light this year where I live, however they do not travel far from their birthplace.


cowgirlj    Posted 09-12-2003 at 11:07:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
check here
http://www.pestproducts.com/boxelderbugs.htm


Ron in TX    Posted 09-12-2003 at 10:02:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know what those bugs are, BUT come on down to SouthEast Texas and see the clouds of LOVE BUGS. They are everywhere!!


Maggie/Tx    Posted 09-12-2003 at 16:56:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron, you are right about that! I heard the Love Bugs were imported from China to pollinate something or other, but I really believe they were imported by the folks in the car wash industry. ;)


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