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:) Does anyone know of a way to decrease the population of these pest
:) around the house? Before someone berates me for trying to do in the
:) beneficial lady bug, please know that every fall they, along with the box
:) elder bugs, literally cover the sunny side of the house and invade the house
:) with what appears to be ease. I vacuum them up inside (would be impossible
:) to do the same outside as there are too many) but they keep coming leaving
:) their little yellow stains. I think it would be next to impossible to seal
:) the house from their intrusion. Walking outside with them flying around and
:) crawling on everything - lawn chairs, tables, the porch floor is unpleasant.
:) Every year it is the same and I'm open to any suggestions for getting rid of
:) My sincere apologies to lady bug lovers but I think you would understand
:) if you could see what I'm talking about. You really have to be here to
:) believe it!
There will be nothing long term but treating where they
gather can knock down the numbers. Cypermethrin would be
probably most effective, bifenthrin will be a second,
then permethrin, though permethrin will only have a few
days effectiveness. Caulking all the opening on the
exterior will slow down the numbers getting inside the
walls, thus inside the home. As far as the box elder
bugs, tree removal where they are coming from will be
the only long term solution, though many times this
isn't practical. Actually a shop vac can do wonders on
the outside walls.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
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