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Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive March 2007: How do you get rid of .....
By Bemerry84 on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 01:56 pm:

box elder bugs? They are everywhere in and around my house. I even felt something weird on my chest the other day driving to work and I kept fiddling around and found one in my bra!!!! My son had friends spend the night on Saturday for his 16th birthday and one of the boys woke up to one crawling in his nose. I know they are harmless but they are driving us crazy. They just appear out of nowhere. Any ideas?

By Dandjmom on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 02:25 pm:

Never heard of them, But hope you find something soon.

By Cocoabutter on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 02:41 pm:

I have them, too.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG0998.html

Basically, they are harmless but annoying. You can get rid of them, but it isn't easy. And by summer, they will be out of the house and nesting in boxelder trees.

By Bemerry84 on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 03:19 pm:

Thanks Lisa. I read most of the article and guess we'll just have to deal with them. The funny thing is I don't even have a boxelder tree by me that I know of.

By Tsa on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 07:10 pm:

We have them too. There are no box elder trees by us also, but we live in a farming community so we get all the bugs this time of year. The best way to get rid of them is a squirt bottle with water and liquid dish soap. There is something in the soapy water that kills them and deters them from coming. You need to spray/squirt around all the windows, and door frames. If they are really bad you can spray around the foundation of the house. They are so annoying and just plain gross. If you have them this spring you will probably get them again in the fall so don't throw away your spray bottle. Hope this helps.


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