red bugs taking over my yard
December 8, 2009
I have red and black bugs that seem to mulitply by the day. I tried poison but it did not work. Maybe it was the wrong poison but don’t know what to get because I don’t know what the bug is. Please help, they reproduce faster than rabbits!
You have an aggregation of immature Red Shoulder Bugs, Jadera haematoloma, and according to BugGuide, they can emerge in alarmingly large swarms. Adults have black wings that cover the red abdomens that are visible in the nymphs. They are also called Goldenrain Tree Bugs because they feed on the seeds of the goldenrain tree. Another common host plant in Florida is the balloonvine. BugGuide also indicates that the peak population period in Florida is May. BugGuide indicates: “Widespread southern species, in same family as the Boxelder Bug. Often associated with the introduced Goldenrain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata; family Sapindaceae) but is apparently a native insect. …. The bug is probably more widespread than formerly, following the distribution of the cultivated tree.” Red Shoulder Bugs may become a nuisance because of their numbers, but they are benign insects.