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Boxelder Bugs

March 18, 2013

My house is completely infested with Boxelder bugs. When they first appeared about a month ago, we would see one or  two. They would appear seemingly out of nowhere and sit next to me while I ate breakfast. Now there are hundreds of the little buggers. Everything I’ve read says that they ‘overwinter’ in the warm spaces of homes and sometimes make their way inside because it’s obviously warm inside your house and they believe this to be an indication that it is spring. The poor little critters are confused.

All means of eliminating them are apparently off limits because; one, they won’t really kill the ones hiding in the walls and two, dead boxelder bug carcasses will attract more invasive and destructive pests like carpet beetles. Joy.

So the number one expert-recommended line of defense against the annoying, yet innocuous, boxelder bugs inside your home  is……

sweep them up.

Sweep? That’s what you do with a broom and dustpan and/or a vacuum cleaner?

‘Ain’t nobody got time for that!’

I’ll just walk around them or flick them off the counter when they try to share my breakfast. My dog sits on them and steps on them. They’re very fragile and they die when this happens.

My daughter and I were having breakfast and one had gotten a little wet and was stranded on its back. She felt sorry for it and turned it over. It began to walk along the edge of the counter, its tiny legs carefully navigating the edge of the precipice. Suddenly, it stopped, one leg poised to take the next treacherous step, and fell to the floor, dead.

I guess I will have to wait for spring for the Boxelder family to leave.

This seems like a hopeless choice, however, because apparently spring has been cancelled in north central Indiana. I’m quite sure this will be a year where we go from 32 degrees to 90 degrees and 100% humidity overnight.  Hopefully, when that happens, the Boxelder Bugs will pack their bags and evacuate en masse and I will have a pest-free house. Hahahaha!

Yeah. Right.

My house is over a hundred years old. I’m pretty sure the walls are teeming with all manner of lovely pests ready to take the place of the Boxelder.

I can hardly wait.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan permalink
    March 18, 2013 2:09 pm

    Get aggressive on vacuming them up. I have a 150 year old home as well. I was very aggressive with the vacume last year and the numbers decreased dramatically. There is also a dish soap spray that you can mix up to spray in areas or crevices which works well also. Haven’t noticed near as many this year.

    • March 18, 2013 2:14 pm

      Thanks, Jan! I will give that a try. They are getting rather annoying!

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