Hi, new here, but hope to become involved. So here's today's question.
I'm sure we are not the only people with this situation. In the last few
days our back yard, deck and one tree have been inundated with a whole lot
of little red bugs. they seem to have 6 legs, but could be 8. Size varies
from the head of a pin up to the size of a small ant. I've seen these things
a number of years ago coming into an apartment we had, but this is the first
time I've seen them since we bought this house (19 years). So can anyone
tell me from this info what I'm dealing with. I can get a jpeg and post on
a.b.p.g if necessary. we are in Indianapolis.
Hi Joann - I'm having some bug problems too so I thought I'd be a good
Google Group Neighbor and tell you what I found:
On the interne, looks like a common red bug is a Chigger but they are
very small. Sometimes you can also have red Chinch Bugs too. Another
bug to look at is a Clover Mite too. I would go to google and search
these three bugs under the IMAGES section and compare them to your
Also, you can GOOGLE ("red bug" yard) in Google too to see.
Chiggers are also called "red bugs." They are very small and eat
dissolved flesh from animals, including humans. Itch like hell for a
few weeks and killed using pork fat (applied for >10 hrs) or over-the
counter products. They prefer hot dry grassy areas rather than
They are probably the nymphs of box elder, red-shouldered or maybe even
milkweed bugs (actually there are many more possibilities in the true
bug family they may be but those are the most common found) If you have
not seen them before it might be just a one time occurrence of one of
the not so familiar bugs or it may be that what ever host plant is of
age now supporting a large population where you are now starting to see
evidence of them.
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