How do I get rid of these bugs? They have invaded the outside of house

Louise Mowery
by Louise Mowery
This is the best picture I have at the moment. It has orange markings on the top of the body. The outside of my house is covered with them. Can you please tell me what to do to get rid of these invaders. Some of them have even managed to get inside the house. Please help
  18 answers
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 14, 2017

    They are every where, we have had them for a while. They are like the biggest pests on earth. I just romp and stomp all the time between them and those earwig looking ones. They will come in on your clothes, pets, everything. I have found flying insect killer gets a lot of bugs, but haven't tried it on them. I usually just ignore them like I do most other bugs.

  • Bar10780531 Bar10780531 on Oct 14, 2017

    I would contact a professional exterminator. You may also get information from your local university’s ag department. They can identify the pest and suggest ways to get rid of them.

  • Roxaneg Roxaneg on Oct 14, 2017

    I think they are boxelder bugs. They're looking for a winter home. Household sprays containing pyrethrins or resmethrin may help keep them at bay, but the best way is to use a fly swatter, or vacuum to get rid of them.

    You need to figure out where they are getting in. Caulk will help keep them out. But also check crawl spaces and attics

    • Gra21991280 Gra21991280 on Oct 14, 2017

      They are boxelder bugs. Dwib is right but they an become a huge problem if you don't take c are of them right away. ME

  • Dwi20559091 Dwi20559091 on Oct 14, 2017

    It looks like a boxelder bug. They do not bite, sting or carry diseases. They can be killed with household sprays. Or you can just wait for colder weather for them to crawl into cracks to overwinter. If they are inside your house vacuum them up and empty the vacuum bag in an outside trash container. Swashed bugs can stain curtains.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 14, 2017

    I would suggest you look up pictures and descriptions of various Garden Beatles , Roaches etc.

  • Cheryl Holman Cheryl Holman on Oct 14, 2017

    boxelder bug..attracted to maple, ash and boxelder trees..spraying with pyrethrin according to label instructions will control..

  • Jenney Jenney on Oct 14, 2017

    They are boxelder bugs. by some spearmint gum take the foil wrapped gum put a piece in your dish cupboards linen closets. then get a couple of those small bottles of spearmint concentrated flavoring and a quart spray bottle. put the spearmint liquid in spray bottle fill up with water. then spray on your door thresh holds and about 6 inches up each side of your door way. then spray around your windows and screens, you just kinda mist all. You don't soak. You can get spearmint flavoring concentrate at most drugstores. it doesn't kill the darn things but it does keep the majority of them out. a few may ride in on you , the kids, dogs or cat, but this is far better than them having freedom to march in thru the window or doors an you can keep them out of food an dishes. just spray where ever you think they might come in at.

    • Louise Mowery Louise Mowery on Oct 14, 2017

      Thank you so much I will try this. I never had these before so don’t know what brought them with such multitude of them

  • Kim Kim on Oct 14, 2017

    The south side of my house gets filled in the fall with box-elder bugs. They love the sunny days. I spray them with vinegar with something oily mixed is. I have used veg oil and SSS from Avon. Then I sweep them up.

    Others come and take their place though. So I spray 2-3 times a day on real sunny cool days.

    The few that make it into the house I vacuum up.

  • Carol Carol on Oct 16, 2017

    Boxhelder bugs. Ugh. Had them for over 40 years living in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We had sweet treesin the yard like maple ash and birch. Didn't want to lose the shade. I also had spiders. Found a a solution for strong peppermint tea sprayed around windows and doors and any other cracks kept the spiders away and did the trick on the boxhelder. Make a strongbatch of peppermint tea, and put in a spray bottle and spray around areas to keep themat bay. You will have to respray after it rains or the smell dissipate. The essential oils work as well diluted, but be aware it is an oil and can leave a residue or stain some woods. Oils last longer though.

  • Dfm Dfm on Oct 17, 2017

    dish soap and water....spray liberally

  • Heather Kohn Gillespie Heather Kohn Gillespie on Oct 17, 2017

    Dawn dish soap mixed with water ..... Your welcome 🙏 works every time

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 19, 2023

    I spray them with vinegar and water, also soap and water works just as well.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 19, 2023

    Orthro Home Defense will get rid of them.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 01, 2023

    A simple solution made from soap and water will kill boxelder bugs. Add a tablespoon or so of liquid dishwashing soap to a spray bottle full of water and shake gently to combine. Spray the mixture directly on any bugs you see. The soap breaks down the bugs' outer shells, so they dehydrate and die.

  • Spray with peppermint. They don't like the smell.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 09, 2023

    If it was me I would sweep them off the side of the house so they hit the ground cause chickens would love to nibble on these.