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box elder bugs
Hi, I just wanted to confirm that box elder bugs can be killed very inexpensively at home with warm water and dish-soap. Approximately 1/8th cup to a sprayer of warm water. Dawn works best as it has detergents that can penetrate the oily substance on the box-elder bugs backs. It will stick to them and suffocate the bugs It is funny to watch them fall from their perches in clumps after a soaking! We had an unbelievable infestation from my new neighbor’s mulch delivery. They covered our tree (golden showers) and moved to our the front of the house. This is a very well tested remedy! You may have to repeat as these bugs have a lengthy life cycle. Seems it took me an entire summer to get the tiny crawling nymphs without wings to the medium sized and adult with wings.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
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  1. Elaine Frasier says:

    We have a similar infestation…brick frontage on house, unseasonably warm weather with sunshine. You mention 1/8 cup Dawn to a sprayer. What size sprayer so I know how much water to use. Thanks for ANY information.

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