Chrysanthevonne G
Chrysanthevonne G
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Asked on Apr 25, 2012

what type of bugs are these they are all over my trees in the front yard

Susan ZieglerLinda Tatom PetersonNanaWells
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37 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Apr 25, 2012

    Check my website notes on boxelder bugs They're harmless!

  • Chrysanthevonne G
    on Apr 25, 2012

    ok will do

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Apr 25, 2012

    But they are dreaded because they come to take over in numbers. I've seen the ground crawling with them and they eventually got inside the house as well and pooped all over the windows, much worse than lady bugs. They creep me out.

  • Chrysanthevonne G
    on Apr 25, 2012

    thanks so much listen to you on saturdays

  • Bonnie C
    on Apr 25, 2012

    Boxelder trees and apple trees attract these bugs. Once your yard or home gets infested with them, it is very hard...if not impossible...to get rid of them. They find a way to get into your house...through the smallest cracks or spaces, they can come into the house on your pets fur, or just fly in when you open your door. They show up in windows, on floors, in the basement and attic...any room of the house! They live under vinyl siding...and can hybernate there during the winter months. My parents keep their house so clean, you can eat off the floor...but they have had a problem with these bugs for several years, and even the cooperative extensions in the area and Cornell University have been unable to provide a permanent solution to getting rid of them. They may be harmless, but they are bugs...and that is disgusting to find in your home!

  • Chrysanthevonne G
    on Apr 25, 2012

    i hope they dont get in the house but i have them all over the trees in the front yard i sprayed them with ant and roach spray on the house because i did not know what they were those died wow i just have to keep spraying

  • Chrysanthevonne G
    on Apr 25, 2012

    did they come from the mulch or do you think they were here before we bought this house last year?

  • Gloria W
    on Apr 25, 2012

    Take some dawn dish soap and put in hot pail of water and dump on them...

  • Sharon B
    on Apr 25, 2012

    Definitely box elder bugs...I have them covering the side of my house on warm sunny days. I have not tried it yet but I heard if you spray with soapy water they will leave.

  • Linda S
    on Apr 25, 2012

    Those are Box Elder Bugs,,,I agree with Bonnie C. You can spray them with Dish Soap and Water,,,with a yard spayer,,mix 1/3 dish soap and rest Water in a 2 or 4gl sprayer. You can either cut the Box Elder trees down or you can call a Bug person to come out to your place and spray them. My sister has the same problem, they stain your siding on your house ,,you cant sit anywhere , because they are there in millions. So drown them in soap and water first and if that isn't enough ,,then call a terminator to spray your house , yard, tree,,,,guarntee for 3 months. If they come back , call them again to spray better. Good Luck.!

  • Melissa L
    on Apr 25, 2012

    definitely box elder bugs. RAID.

  • Gretchen F
    on Apr 25, 2012

    We call them elder beetles. To prevent them from spreading, get an exterminator. They'll come back if you don't. They like to congregate where it's warm and sunny. If you have any honeysuckle bushes, get rid of them because they like to breed in them. Although they are harmless, they can get to be an incredible nuisance. Depending on how infested you are, it may take several applications to do it. Spraying with soapy water is a waste of water and time. I tried it and they came right back. It doesn't look good to have a bunch of bugs crawling everywhere. Good luck and let us know what happens.

  • Jeanine C
    on Apr 25, 2012

    yuck!!I live near Canada...do they make it all the way up here?

  • Mary W
    on Apr 25, 2012

    Boxelder bug infests boxelders, primarily the female trees. The insect does no serious harm to the tree but is a nuisance when it overwinters in homes. The insects are red and black and can be vacuumed up when seen in the house. Control measures include removal of female boxelder trees. If boxelders are growing in adjacent yards removing your tree may not be effective.

  • Christye H
    on Apr 25, 2012

    They may be harmless, but yuck! My yard was infested w/them when I lived in Kerrville and had boxelders (I hate those trees!) They get into all of the crevices of your home, and lay in wait until next year, when they again emerge!

  • Marissa H
    on Apr 25, 2012

    We have them here in upstate New York (not so many as your picture above though). They do get in the house, but it's not like they bite or anything. To keep pollution down and care for the Earth and all its creatures (which are not always so pretty but most serve some function) it's best not to use harsh chemical sprays. They can and do fly but if they're causing a real problem and they're all clustered as shown above, it seems like it would be a pretty easy matter to catch a large amount of them in an insect net and then drown them. I would consult with your local cooperative extension.

  • Catherine M
    on Apr 25, 2012

    /www.google.com/search?q=box+elder+bug&hl=en&client=gmail&rls=gm&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=p4mYT5_DI4mi2gW_yK20Bw&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1038&bih=574 Box elder!!!

  • John P
    on Apr 25, 2012

    heres a link on box elder control and traps http://durmebugs.tripod.com/gettingridofpests/boxelderbugs.html

  • Edgar P
    on Apr 25, 2012

    If you want a chemical free pest control substance, crush garlic, put in a spray gottle of water and let sit overnight. It will get rid of many kinds of pests.

  • Patricia B
    on Apr 25, 2012

    Box Elder bugs I have them to I just spray them with bug spray, hair spray works to

  • Cindy T
    on Apr 25, 2012

    yep, box elder....annoying as heck, covered a whole side of my house one year.....harmless I guess...just really annoying!!

  • Susan C
    on Apr 26, 2012

    Absolutely one of the friendliest bugs..lol. they will just land on you and walk around like a lady bug. Where there's one, there's thousands. I'm glad to hear about the soapy water and garlic hints. They were really bad at my house for several y ears. Seem to have less this year. Hint...don't squash the little red ones...leaves a big red splotch!

  • Kris S
    on Apr 26, 2012

    Here's link to U of Mn site telling more about them and how to get rid of them (good luck!): http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/dg0998.html

  • Sharon H
    on Apr 26, 2012

    We get a few of these in our house each winter, usually around December; they don't bother anything at all. When the kids were little, and were afraid of them, we told them they were elf bugs spying for Santa! They've been called that ever since!

  • Evelyn R
    on Apr 26, 2012

    They are numerous some years and hardly see any other years. I just leave them be.

  • Becky C
    on Apr 26, 2012

    You can take a mild mixture of water and a little Dawn dish soap and spray them. It is safe for your plants, trees, and all critters or pets. This will not be a solve all but if they come back just keep spraying them.

  • Linda S
    on Apr 26, 2012

    Best bet is to cut the trees down...and burn the wood up. and Call a exterminator to spray your yard and everthing around your house...they are a problem, because they multiply !!!! Or spray with Dawn or any dish soap and mix with water in a 2gl sprayer. Good luck with them.

  • Linda S
    on Apr 26, 2012

    Soap and water does work, because i have done it...it is if they come back you have alot of them to kill, they are all around your place so keep doing it or call a exterminator to kill everywhere!!!

  • Tracy S
    on Apr 26, 2012

    Yea.. we call them stink bugs also.. when you squish them it stinks...

  • Bernice H
    on Apr 26, 2012

    Yikes, I can't imagine having this problem. to not be able to sit outside without them on chairs etc, sitting , squashing them..eewww.

  • Chrysanthevonne G
    on Apr 26, 2012

    linda s well girl i dont have them anywhere except the trees and in georgia we cannot cut down trees in our own front yard so i have to get permission from the city

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Apr 27, 2012

    I did not see them here in Atlanta until the last ten years or so. And carpenter bees were not around until the mid-80's.

  • Gloria W
    on May 7, 2012

    Boxelder bugs...Spray with hot dawn dish soap...will help get rid of the majority of them.

  • NanaWells
    on Apr 28, 2014

    yup I get them on my box elder tree on the side of my house they will fly for a mile to find one I am told

  • Linda Tatom Peterson
    on May 10, 2015

    Box Elder Bugs, called Stupid Bugs in Oregon. Need an exterminator. Or cut down any oak trees nearby. They love them! They love heat! Will usually go the the warmest side of your house.

    • DORLIS
      on Aug 10, 2015

      @Linda Tatom Peterson I am in trouble, I live in the middle of a mixed oak, hickory forest

  • Susan Ziegler
    on May 20, 2015

    They look like democrat bugs so named because they show u around election time. LOL

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