I’ve got lots of these bugs around.

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Date Photo Taken: February 14, 2012
Location: Buford, GA
Posted By: scriger


This fall as I was raking leaves, I pulled the drain tube off a downspout in the back yard and there were hundreds of these critters in it! I sprayed them with bug killer dn stomped a bunch of them too. Now I have them around the window (outside) in my walk-out basement. I haven’t seen any in the house – yet. I’ve got everything caulked pretty well, so hopefully I won’t! I’ve been here over 10 years and have never seen thesecritters – any idea what they are and why thye would just show up?


  1. Liz Unregistered says:

    It looks like a box elder bug, or at least a very close relative. They are just nuisance pests…won’t cause any harm. You can just spray them with soapy water, I would skip the insecticides.

    February 16th, 2012 at 7:36 am
  2. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    The picture is a little dark. Your description regarding the numbers sounds like a box elder bug. The general shape also looks like box elder but I can’t tell if the one in your picture has any orange coloration. Check out this link: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/dg0998.html

    February 16th, 2012 at 9:02 am
  3. Steve Criger Unregistered says:

    Thanks Liz and Bobby! I’ve heard of box elder bugs, but I’ve never seen one on my property – until now. They have orange outlines on their body – I should have mentioned that in the first place. I’ll try Liz’s suggestion to spray them with soapy water – I already have a bottle mixed up – I spray my roses with it to control the aphids when the lady bugs aren’t around to eat them.

    February 17th, 2012 at 11:55 am
  4. Lora Unregistered says:

    Definitely box elder. I got tons of them last year. Sunny beds with mulch are their little piece of heaven. They don’t do any harm, but once you see one, 20,000,000 of his friends are not far behind. A Tablespoon of dish soap in a spray bottle sprayed directly on them will get rid of them, if done every week or so.

    May 11th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

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