repeat, got closeups of beetle
OK. I have been online for 2 hours. I am a teacher, and a very good internet detective. I looked through all your beetles, and checked cockroaches……whew…..and did not see this insect. I have dealt with the asian lady beetle in my log home for several winters and was very pleased that the numbers seem to have decreased quite a bit this year. Now I have been smashing (sorry if you love bugs) left and right. I collected insects as a youngster and had the biggest collection in 10th grade biology! Aside from the local library (which will be my next visit) I am currently stumped. I am a teacher and have borrowed the digital camera for Christmas vacation, so I will do my best to get a photo. A couple photos didn’t load, so pardon me if this is a repeat, but I am very curious if I should worry about these guys since we do have an all wood home. As I think back, I don’t know if they appeared before or after I brought in several antique shipping crates as decoration. Our home is 2 X 6 frame with kiln dried half logs inside and out. I am tolerant of most critters and don’t get too excited. My concern would be the structural integrity of the house, and obviously any health concerns. I realize you are busy, but since I saw similar beetles, but nothing quite like this, I thought it was worth a try. Thanks much. I bookmarked your page for future reference. I am figuring this all out, so I hope you can let me know if the images were viewable. I am on a Mac (art teacher) so I hope it works.
Happy New Year
These are not beetles which have chewing mouthpart. They are True Bugs with sucking mouthparts. They are Boxelder Bugs and will not harm the integrity of your home. They often seek shelter to hibernate over winter, forming huge aggregations. In the garden, they infest trees like boxelder and maple, and we recommend spraying them with soapy water to control their numbers. Not a good idea indoors though. Your images opened beautifully as we are art teachers who also use Macs..