Boxelder Blues

Old 10-29-04, 06:22 PM
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Boxelder Blues

I'm unfortunately located near wetlands that house boxelder trees, and with them come the bugs every fall and spring, does anyone have an effective solution to reducing the colonies of these little buggers? I've sprayed time and time again, killing thousands, yet the always return.
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Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bug adults are about 1/2 inch long. They are slate-gray with three red lines behind the head and red lines on the wings. The rear half of the wings have a reddish margin and the abdomen under the wings is also red. Nymphs (young bugs) are bright red with darker heads. They resemble adults, but their wings do not fully develop until they reach maturity. While they may be found on other plants, they primarily feed on the juices of the boxelder tree. They usually do insignificant damage, but they can find their way into homes through cracks and crevices around doors and windows when looking for a place to overwinter.

Removing boxelder trees from the landscape may be helpful. Insecticide can be used when bugs are young to prevent development into adults. Residual insecticide can be used on and around foundations of structures. Soapy water is a non-chemical control. Exclusion is the best insect control for homes by caulking and sealing all cracks and crevices around doors and windows and other potential entries of insects and their predators.

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