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Old 06-10-2003, 09:05 PM
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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
them.

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!



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Old 07-10-2003, 03:22 AM
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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
them.

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.

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Old 07-10-2003, 03:22 AM
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I have the same problem here. It truly is disgusting the way the lady bugs
coat the door and try to swarm inside the house and on you every time the
doors open
(and that's a lot when you have four kids). I had one on my neck and it bit
me! I didn't know they bit people. I am frustrated. I spray
them with bug spray, vacuum them up and the next day, they are there again.
Ugh.
Lori


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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
them.

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!






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Does anyone know of a way to decrease the population of these pest
around the house?


Here are a couple of suggestions:
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopE...sts/invade.htm
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopE...ests/asian.htm
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Old 07-10-2003, 07:42 AM
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"LAH" wrote in message ...
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
them.


As a CP grower -- you can try growing Sarracenia (American pitcher
plant). I myself did not try it, but I read somewhere that it is not
realistic to use beneficial insects (ladybugs) to control aphids on
American pitcher plants because these deadly traps are more attractive
to the ladybugs than to the aphids.

Though you might need many pitchers to achieve the effect you look
for, and around this time they start moving into their dormancy.

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!



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Old 07-10-2003, 02:02 PM
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Had the same "problem" here. There was a box elder tree on the property next
to mine. They cut it down, and the B E beetles were gone.
b4 that, we used Dove dish detergent, dilued, to repel the B E beetles.
I miss the Box Elder tree.


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