Sunday, March 20, 2011

Home Invaders

Box elder bugs have invaded my home. You can see from the photo of my house that there’re a lot of the critters. While most expert advice I have read indicates that they are harmless (although one did say they can occasionally bite), they are indeed “pests.” At first I was content to merely brush them away when they crawled on me. But they are persistent, insistent on returning. I wasn’t very successful in trying to smash the offenders and thankfully so. Another expert said they can stink much as a stink bug does.

So far the best approach seems to involve the vacuum cleaner and the toilet. Could be worse. At least I am not battling bedbugs!


Marion said...

I've never heard of these...they must not like Cariboo weather, heh!

It sounds like laundry soap spray will work, according to the article. But I would just do as you are...vacuuming and placing them in the toilet sounds ideal, if anything is in this case!

I'm glad they're not bedbugs too, for your sake...there's a real outbreak everywhere with those.

So glad you're writing again!!!

Snowbrush said...

I'm here from Canuck Marion's! Hi, there, Marion.

I'm in Oregon, but spent 36 years in southwest Mississippi, so I was attracted to your blog due to your location.

Yeah, I know what you mean about pests. If there are a lot of the critters (no matter what they are), and they poop, then they're pests. Did you know, by the way, that box elder trees are a kind of maple? They even grow here in western Oregon where they're planted, usually in a variegated variety.